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Welcome to the Matt Talbot Prayer Group!

Like the description says, this is a place where Hozana members who are touched by alcoholism and other addictions can share: prayers, things they are going through, favorite devotions and anything that they think and feel can help other manage their recovery.

I am Paul S., the Community Creator and Manager. I have been sober since 22 May 2002, which is the Feast Day of St. Rita of Cascia. She is known as the "patron saint of hopeless and impossible causes," and I was one. After a few years of sobriety I decided to start a blog telling how I used the Catholic Faith to maintain my sobriety. It has been running for nearly twelve years (5 January 2007) and I think does a good job. ;-) You can find it here SoberCatholic.com. It’s story is here: about SoberCatholic My drinking story is here: My Drinking Story

I hope to come up with a variety of topics to assist others in their journey. I do hope that members make good use of the "comments" area of the posts, as that is where I think the "heart and soul of the Prayer Group will be. Please feel free to start right away in the comments, asking questions and so forth.  This is not a "12 Step" Group, but 12 Step material can be shared here. 

One thing you must know, I am NOT a certified or “credentialed” recovery specialist. I hold no degrees in psychology or have any recovery certifications. I am not a trained professional. All I am is an orthodox Roman Catholic with years of recovery experience involving Catholic faith and spirituality. Anything I say is about as credible as anything you might hear in a recovery meeting room.

Thank you for being here!

Take a moment to treasure up all these things and ponder them in your heart (cf Luke 2,19)

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Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. Col 4:6

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