From the September 2012 magazine.

September 2012: Novenas for Beatrice

The Ninth Step helped her show up for her mom as her mom had done for her

STEP NINE: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

My mother was 83 years old when she died. It was a gift to be by her side during her last night on earth. Thaßt morning, we hadß prayed together.

To be rigorously honest though, I had never had a good relationship with my mother. Beatrice and I had never really bonded. I had been a truly rebellious teenager: I had my first beer at age 13. And at 17, I decided to run away from our home in Idaho and go to Denver, where I roamed the streets, hoping to die...

-- Brenda M.

Boise, Idaho