We admitted that we were powerless over homosexuality and our lives had become unmanageable.
*Based on the original Twelve Steps of A.A.
1: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
2: Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4: Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5: Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7: Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
9: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10: Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs .
The Twelve Steps are reprinted with permission of Alcoholics Anonymous World Service, Inc. Permission to reprint and adapt the Twelve Steps does not mean that A.A. is in any way affiliated with this program. A.A. is a program of recovery from alcoholism - use of the Twelve Steps in connection with programs and activities which are patterned after A.A., but which address other problems, does not imply otherwise.
The Twelve Steps of Courage
Please Note: The 12-Step format is integral to Courage meetings. Each step is concerned with one or more virtues; each calls us to take action and focus on ourselves as persons. However, while this format is useful for those who are dealing with addictions, it must not be assumed that Courage, by utilizing the 12-Step process, believes that all same-sex attracted individuals are struggling with addictions. In fact, Courage recognizes the universal application of the 12-Step process for any person desiring to grow spiritually, especially when this process is supplemented with faithful Catholic spirituality.
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