Sometimes when I am by myself, praying, reading the bible, a book, or even in Mass, sexual thoughts pop into my mind. Sometimes of my girlfriend or an ex and what we’ve done or what we could be doing if I was still with them or walking down the street and seeing any woman or young lady and imagining myself having them right then and there. (And it doesn’t come from me actually thinking that!) I begin to say “Lord take these thoughts away” but sometimes they don’t go away! I just want them to stop!
How can I make them go away?