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Page 55 BB …is the fundamental idea of God. It may be obscured by calamity, by pomp, by worship of other things, but in some form or other it is there. For faith in a Power greater than ourselves, and miraculous demonstrations of that power in human lives, are facts as old as man himself. We […]

Sister Ignatia

Sister Ignatia was born in Ireland as Bridget Della Mary Gavin on 2 January 1889 at Shanvalley, Burren, in County Mayo. Having moved to the United States, in 1914 she entered the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine in Ohio, at which time she took the name Sister Mary Ignatia. A superb musician, she was […]

Dr. Bob

Robert Holbrook Smith (August 8, 1879 – November 16, 1950), also known as Dr. Bob, was an American physician and surgeon who co-founded Alcoholics Anonymous with Bill Wilson, more commonly known as Bill W. He was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, where he was raised, to Susan A. Holbrook and Walter Perrin Smith. As a […]

Is AA a selfish program?

No, AA is not a program that calls for selfishness. We don’t know where, why or how the catch phrase got started. It is sometimes said that one’s sobriety must come before others because without sobriety the alcoholic would be worse than useless to the people and things in their life. While sobriety may have to come […]

The Book with no title

The Akron and New York groups had been voting for months on possible titles. This had become an after-the-meeting form of amusement and interest. The title “Alcoholics Anonymous” had appeared very early in the discussion. .. . We do not know who first used these words. After we New Yorkers had left the Oxford Groups […]

The final links and events that lead to the formation of A.A.

  Alcoholics in the early 1900s were looked upon as “chronic drunkards,” “hopeless inebriates,” “pitiful creatures, sinners,” and worse. But soon a handful of visionaries began to reshape the prism through which alcoholics were viewed by medical professionals and the public. In 1917, Charles B. Towns, Ph.D., who had founded a Manhattan hospital as a […]

You Call This Unity!

(Taken from the Grapevine, Reprinted with permission of the A.A. Grapevine, Inc.) You Call This Unity! At a recent AA forum, I heard some distressing news. A member reported that some old-timers in his area are going “underground” because they don’t like the changes in AA and are frustrated by the problems. These underground meetings […]