It’s not just men who struggle with sins of the flesh, but women do too! Remember the woman who was caught in adultery that was going to be stoned to death? But like a hero Our Lord saved that woman! If my memory serves, according to Church tradition, isn’t it believed that woman was Mary Magdalene?
Don’t feel ashamed about going to confession repeatedly about this. I actually had the same conversation about my priest about this very issue. He told me in our present era it’s harder and harder to resist temptation because well, it’s everywhere. And unfortunately, if left alone it can become an addiction where our bodies crave it because of the endorphins that are released into the brain. To our bodies it is actually not that dissimilar from getting a high from drugs.
Anyway, your body has probably grown accustomed to the endorphins released in your brain and that is why you are feeling like you can’t and don’t want to stop. I understand because I have the same struggles. Sins against the flesh is how the devil tempts us the most, because our bodies are so inclined to these sins due to our fallen nature.
My priest said not to feel shame in this struggle and if I have to confess this sin repeatedly it’s okay. In the words of my priest: “If a priest can’t handle you confessing this sin repeatedly he shouldn’t be a priest.”
What matters is your intent. If you are truly sorry for what you have done and make a firm resolve to amend your life and battle against this sin, that’s what matters most. It’s when we don’t care there is an even graver problem.
Don’t feel stupid or like your dignity is less because of this sin, that is the evil one trying to make you feel unworthy! Remember, Satan wants to tear you away from God!
Your sexuality is a precious gift given to you by God, but of course He wants you to use it for the purpose he intended it for, which is in marriage!
Remember, Christ is there to pick you up and dust you off when you fall if you ask for His mercy!
Above all, we should be sorry for our sins because we love God, not because we are just afraid of going to hell.
Don’t be discouraged and take heart, God is with you! Stay close to Him in the sacraments, especially in confession and Holy Eucharist! And don’t forget praying the Rosary is a powerful armor against sin!
Also, stay close to the Blessed Virgin Mary! She is purity and She will help you! When you go into the confessional, just do as you normally would, there should be no magic words, just be candid and say you masturbated. The priest has heard it before! I agree with others that it is probably one of the most commonly confessed sins we Catholics confess.