From the August 2014 magazine.

Forgiving my Brother

In AA we get the wonderful chance to heal and let go of the regrets of our past

STEP EIGHT: Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.

Back in 1999 when I was still drinking, I left St. John’s, Newfoundland, and traveled across Canada. While living in Calgary, I was invited back to Newfoundland to attend a wedding. The church service was in Winterton and the reception took place later in Spaniard’s Bay.

As soon as I got to the church my older brother came up to me. We had once had incestuous relations with each other, so I was really nervous. But he shook my hand and said, “Let’s put the past...

-- John R.

St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada