Story of the Calix Society: Catholic Spirituality for Addicted Persons (Paperback)



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In Story of the Calix Society, Father McKay shares his own compelling personal story and ties his narrative into the history of the Calix Society, revealing its healing impact on thousands of souls. He discusses the challenges of division and collaboration encountered along the way and how worldly attachments that serve to destroy our lives and relationships can be overcome with a steadfast trust in God.

Father McKay explains how the Calix Society’s structure of Catholic devotions and Sacraments enhances the great work of 12-step sobriety programs, leading people beyond sobriety to growth in virtue and spiritual maturity. Support and encouragement are provided to countless people who need a way to break the chains of addiction, to overcome accompanying challenges such as pride, dishonesty, and irresponsibility, and to grow into the spouse, parent, and child they are called to be.

The Sacraments have always sustained us and, for the person recovering from addiction, there is a particular grace when they respond to the call of their Baptism. Father McKay shows how the Wisdom of the Church is manifested concretely through the work of the Calix Society, becoming a “springboard for the good life” which every person craves, and a creating “closeness to Christ and His Blessed Mother.” Story of the Calix Society weaves together historical moments, connections with Church leaders, 12-step programs, and the holy lives of individuals to show how it inspires repentance and change in people who had been trapped, freeing them to fulfill their vocation as sons and daughters of Christ.
Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge
Bishop of Arlington