I feel a bit uncouth intruding yet again into this site of highfalutin Catholic exposition and debate, but my sibling Teresa needs some serious spiritual help, and I know of no other online group that I can put this request to.
Teresa was the beloved and special baby of the family until I came along five years later, closely followed by my brother M. I accept that I inevitably but innocently stole her thunder from her, and thus earned her envious ire. My earliest memories are of her being rather bitter from the get-go. She locked me in the cellar once during a game of hide-and-seek. I suffered many other indignities by her hand subsequently during our cohabitation of the family home.
Anyway, we both grew up eventually with our fixed age difference. She majored at history, literature and modern languages and went off to university to study those, while I capitalised on my natural affinity with sciences and maths and ended up as a medic where I still am.
Teresa fell in with the spirit of the age (mid ’70s London) which was late hippy godless squatterness. Her adult personality became mostly fixed by this environment. We have met many times over the years, and she is still my sister, but we are not exactly close.
I visited her recently and stayed a few days at her home in the midlands, at the prompting of her concerned sisters who have stayed in touch with her. I found her terribly alone, and bored, and without purpose or meaning to her life. She was drinking very heavily. She survives by providing AirBnB which gives her a small income which is mainly spent on booze.
I was unable to do more than reduce her reliance on drink a little bit, and this mainly by being distracting company. Alcoholics know that only a higher power can cure them, but poor T isn’t a believer in higher power. I suppose that she hasn’t reached “rock-bottom” yet. I hope she never needs to.
This is why I am asking for anyone who reads this to pray to God that my sister be delivered somehow from her addiction, and that all souls thus afflicted be delivered likewise, Amen and thank you.