I THIRST and Addiction

The Healing Initiative – Recovery, Spirituality, Twelve steps

The words “I Thirst” are among the last words of Christ on the Cross, as well as being the words painted in every Chapel belonging to the Missionaries of Charity, St. Teresa of Calcutta’s order. St. Teresa said these words are a reminder that the Missionaries were there to, “quench the thirst of Jesus for souls, for love, for kindness, for compassion, for delicate love. “ Indeed, the MCs were founded to satiate the very thirst of Jesus, yet throughout time it is evident that souls express an undeniable thirst to know God as was recognized in Psalm 42:

“As a deer longs for flowing streams, so longs my soul for thee, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.” (Psalm 42:1)

Addiction is a defining problem of society, with physiological, and mental health components which must be addressed.  Ultimately, however, the desolation, the abandonment and the guilt which are all ‘hallmarks’ of the addicted life, are in many ways spiritual problems which require a spiritual remedy.

The I THIRST program seeks to provide this spiritual remedy to those suffering from addiction through the development and implementation of programs designed to educate and prevent, provide support to treatment facilities, and those incarcerated, and to develop an aftercare community for the afflicted and their families.

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The Prodigal and the Father, oil on canvas, 20x17 Daniel Bonnell Art

The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and Recovery

“Then let us celebrate, with a feast, because this son of mine was dead, and come to life again; he was lost, and has been found.”(23-24)

After having squandered all his inheritance, and finding himself in dire need, a contrite son admits his wrongdoings to himself, and then returns to his father’s house to admit his faults and failures to his father.  This story of an individual straying from what he knows is good and losing everything, only to admit his faults and seek repentance and forgiveness is truly a story of recovery, for Jesus makes known in this parable, that when we return to the loving Father, He will welcome us with open arms.