I am about to start a book named The Soul of Sponsorship, by a Father Fitzgerald. It is about the relationship between Father Ed Dowling, a Jesuit Priest, and Bill Wilson, one of the founders of AA. Father Ed had been working with skid row drunks in St. Louis when he read the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA legend has it that he was struck by the similarities between the 12 step and Catholic Doctrine or Teachings. He and Bill became fast friends and, while Bill never completely entered the Church, he became privately convinced that Catholicism was ‘truth’.
I have been sober for 13 years and am completely convinced that without AA I would never have returned to the Catholic Church.
Does anyone else have any experience with using the 12 Steps - either in AA or another program - and have found themselves drawn more deeply into the mystery of our faith?