In God’s Hands: My Search for Redemption

by Bill Brenner on August 30, 2010

Some people don’t like to discuss religion. I can’t avoid it. It’s central to my recovery from OCD and addiction. These posts are about my struggle to find a moral compass and learn to “let go and let God.”

Mood music:

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The Better Angels of My Nature

How a Jew became a Catholic, and what it has to do with overcoming mental illness and addiction.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2009/12/18/ocd-diaries-12-18-the-better-angels-of-my-nature/

Forgiveness is a Bitch

Seeking and giving forgiveness is essential for someone in recovery. But it’s often seen as a green light for more abuse.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/03/19/forgiveness-is-a-bitch/

Running from Sin, Running with Scissors

The author writes an open letter to the RCIA Class of 2010 about Faith as a journey, not a destination. He warns that addiction, rage and other bad behavior won’t disappear the second water is dropped over their heads.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/02/24/running-from-sin-running-with-scissors/

The Priest Who Came Clean

The author on a priest who had the courage to open up about his sins.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/04/11/the-priest-who-came-clean/

The 12-Step Survival Guide of Life

For those who need a 12-Step Program, here are a few lessons from the author’s personal experiences.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/06/01/the-12-step-survival-guide-of-life/

Pissing on God

The author gets a description of sin he’ll never forget.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/03/27/pissing-on-god/

God and Metal

Those who read this blog know two things by now: I’m a devout Catholic, and I have apassion for Metal music. Both have played a central role in my recovery from OCD and addiction. But the spiritual part has been getting the shaft lately.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/08/07/god-and-metal/

The Trouble With Wanting It All

Ever since I got over my fear and anxiety I’ve had a bottomless appetite to do it all. I want to travel everywhere. I want to see everything. And I want to participate in as many events as possible. Sometimes that gets me in trouble. Here’s an example.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/08/15/the-trouble-with-wanting-it-all/

Selfish Bastard

The author has found that service is an excellent tool for OCD management. Simply put, it forces him to stop being a selfish bastard.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/01/30/ocd-diaries-selfish-bastard/

The Rat in the Church Pew

The author has written much about his Faith as a key to overcoming mental illness. But as this post illustrates, he still has a long way to go in his spiritual development.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/01/24/ocd-diaries-the-rat-in-the-church-pew/

The Rewards and Risk of Service: A Cautionary Tale

Service is a major tool of recovery. But it can also be dangerous.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/04/29/the-rewards-and-risk-of-service-a-cautionary-tale/

We’re All Broken

The author finds that sometimes his church family is too judgmental.

http://www.theocddiaries.com/2010/04/19/were-all-broken/

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