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Old Aug 21, '07, 10:38 am
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Does anyone know of a good Catholic prayer or saint to pray to to fight off sexual temptation?
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Old Aug 21, '07, 11:46 am
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Here's one that seems to work for me when the wrong kind of images come into my mind. It originated, I believe, with St. Louis de Montfort, or at least he was the first one to publish it as far as I know:

(Paraphrasing very loosely, mind you...)

"Begone, angel of Satan. I stand between Jesus and Mary. Go back to Hell from whence you came, for you have no power here."

I also have another tactic when faced with visual temptation by immodestly clothed women-- in addition to averting my eyes, I just recite the Hail Mary as many times as it takes to overcome any impure thoughts. I also ask Our Lady to pray for my purity, both in my daily Rosary and whenever else it seems like the thing to do. I ask her to pray that the Holy Spirit will remind me to see all women as holy and pure images of herself, rather than as objects for lust. That applies to my wife, too, of course.

If you happen to have a copy of this month's Magnificat, read the opening editorial. It addresses the need to trust in the Lord to help us overcome sin and temptation, and ask for His mercy when we fail. The main point, as you clearly have already realized (but which has been very hard for me, as a former Protestant individualist), is knowing we cannot do it alone.
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Old Aug 21, '07, 11:59 am
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St. Catherine of Siena and St Thomas Aquinas...St Catherine has helped me many a time
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Does anyone know of a good Catholic prayer or saint to pray to to fight off sexual temptation?
Saint Philomena. And wear her cord constantly
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Old Aug 21, '07, 9:26 pm
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Saint Philomena. And wear her cord constantly
I second that.
Pray to St. Philomena who is a great wonder worker.
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Blessed Be Your Purity

Blessed be your purity,
May it be blessed for ever,
For no less than God takes delight
In such exalted beauty.
To you, heavenly Princess, Holy Virgin Mary,
I offer on this day My whole heart, life and soul.
Look upon me with compassion,
Do not leave me, my Mother.

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Old Aug 22, '07, 9:30 pm
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NOVENA PRAYER TO SAINT PHILOMENA

(to be prayed for 9 consecutive days)

We beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant us the pardon of our sins by the intercession of Saint , virgin and martyr, who was always pleasing in Thy sight by her eminent chastity and by the profession of every virtue. Amen.

Illustrious virgin and martyr, Saint Philomena, behold me prostrate before the throne whereupon it has pleased the Most Holy Trinity to place thee. Full of confidence in thy protection, I entreat thee to intercede for me with God, from the heights of Heaven deign to cast a glance upon thy humble client! Spouse of Christ, sustain me in suffering, fortify me in temptation, protect me in the dangers surrounding me, obtain for me the graces necessary to me, and in particular (Here specify your petition).

Above all, assist me at the hour of my death. Saint Philomena, powerful with God, pray for us. Amen.

O God, Most Holy Trinity, we thank Thee for the graces Thou didst bestow upon the Blessed Virgin Mary, and upon Thy handmaid Philomena, through whose intercession we implore Thy Mercy. Amen.
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Also St. Maria Goretti, who died at the age of 12 to protect her purity against a violent attack.

And this prayer:
By thine Immaculate Conception, O Mary, make my body pure and my soul holy."
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"Father God, please wash my memory with the blood of Jesus and help me die to any sinful pleasure I have in it. Please forgive me for any sin I have committed in my thoughts. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen."
What to do when we're tempted

God gives us clear guidance on what to do with sinful thoughts. We are to take every thought captive and to cast down every sinful imagination (2 Corinthians 10:5). Let's dig deeper to discover how to do this.
Take the thought captive: When evil thoughts come into our mind, we must recognize them, arrest them and command them to submit to Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). We have about 2-3 seconds to make the decision not to sin with the thought. After that point, we're much less likely to stop resisting the temptation.
How to take the thought captive: State audibly, if possible, "I take that thought captive to the obedience of Jesus and I bind that thought from corrupting my mind in any way, in Jesus' name." In addition, we can:
Ask God to help us
Bind any evil spirits that may be projecting the thoughts: "In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind any evil spirits that are projecting these thoughts, I loose the peace of Christ in my mind" (see binding prayers). Our authority to bind evil spirits comes from these scriptures: Matthew 12:29; Matthew 16:19; Matthew 18:18; Luke 10:19-20; Mark 16:17-18; Psalm 91:13; Acts 16:18.
Apply the blood of Jesus: "I cover my mind and thoughts with the blood of Jesus. It cleanses and protects me."
Cast the sinful imagination down: After you take the evil thought captive, cast it down and send it away.
Reject it: The idea is to reject the thought as you would close your door on a person trying to rob your home. A simple rejection statement is, "In name of Jesus, I reject (or rebuke) that thought and imagination. I send you to Jesus right now."
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Do you pray The Rosary? It is THE WEAPON.
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Pray 1 Hail Mary
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Do you pray The Rosary? It is THE WEAPON.
Second that one please..

Also the St Benedict Medal is powerful protection against temptations and even natural calamities. It is a sacremental of the Church.
There is a circle around the crucifix.. around the circle are the latin initials for this prayer: "Begone Satan! Tempt me not with your vanities! What you offer is evil. Drink your own poison yourself!"

There is much more...
http://www.sancta.org/medal.html

However, Hail Mary is always the first recourse for me.

JMJ,

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"When an evil thought is presented to the mind, we must immediately endeavor to turn our thoughts to God, or to something which is indifferent. But the best rule is, instantly to invoke the names of Jesus and Mary, and to continue to invoke them until the temptation ceases."
St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Do you pray The Rosary? It is THE WEAPON.
Excellent suggestion

The Holy Rosary has helped me to resist this type of sin more than I ever could in the past.

I'm new to the Rosary but I can tell you that it truly is a WEAPON against sin. Since I began, I have beaten a sexual sin that plagued me for a long, long time. It's great
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Excellent suggestion

The Holy Rosary has helped me to resist this type of sin more than I ever could in the past.

I'm new to the Rosary but I can tell you that it truly is a WEAPON against sin. Since I began, I have beaten a sexual sin that plagued me for a long, long time. It's great
many of us can relate to that...The Rosary is indeed a weapon...its never ending in what it accomplishes for souls...I have been praying the Rosary since childhood and hope to have the beads in my hands and Mary,s name on my lips when I die.

God bless you,

JMJ,

Ricardo

PS The icon of Our lady of Perpetual Help..her gaze invites you to put your hand in her hand along with the hand of the child Jesus who seeks her motherly protection as He watches the Archangels Michael and Gabriel carrying the instruments of His passion.( the cross, the nails... ). She does not close her hand on the hand of Jesus because she is waiting for your hand.
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