Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Fr. Ralph P., known amongst AA circles as Father John Doe, was the first Roman Catholic priest to join Alcoholics Anonymous. In his own words, "All my life, I will carry three indelible marks. I am a Roman Catholic priest. I am an alcoholic. And I am a neurotic."
He took his first drink about a year after being ordained. On November 10, 1941, a helpful hand took him to his first AA meeting. Despite bouts of severe depression, he didn't take a drink for the rest of his life. In all, his last 25 years of life were spent without alcohol.
Father John Doe made his life work helping other drunks, just as he had been helped that one November life. He wrote books, toured the country to speak, lead retreats, and carried the message. One of the books in The Golden Books series is on resentments.
Here is a link to a talk he gave in 1953 on resentments:
Three 15-minute MP3 files, 4.4MB