[quote="MichaelHowling, post:9, topic:319065"]
It's a very common sin ....any priest will tell you.
Our society is so highly sexed and offers us ways to tap into lust on tv, movies, internet, our phones secretly and has become a breeding ground perfect for someone to fall into these types of sins and persist in them until they become habit forming and leaving the victim wondering "what the heck happend! I'm in chains!"
Know its a very common sin....and a very EASY sin to fall into slavery for because it's so connected with our physical bodies workings.
You fall into it over and over because a few reasons:
- It may take some time.....but if you are serious, you should see the time range between sins getting farther apart.
2.you have not made a sincere act of willing to change your life.......meaning u are willing to maintain some changes:
a, staying away from pornographic sources ( you know where they are ! ....if that means putting content blockers on tv or internet....or even being willing to get rid of them altogether....then that's what it will take or you should not be willing to go to confession until you are willing to do so.
- You are probably supressing your pent up energy and feelings and desires and not redeeming them. You need to understand why your body acts the way it does. I suggest looking into "Theology of the body" .....there is a reason God made us the way He did and why we have the desires we do! The devil has twisted a beautiful thing within you! Here's the good news......if you permit God to untwist it..........you can focus and direct this great power within you and your spirituality will soar! You will have an amazing spiritual growth spurt fighting and overcoming this!
Christopher west teaches about theology of the body....HES AWSOME! This website has LOADS of info on it. There is a 20$ DVD called "winning the battle for sexual purity" BUY IT! I've also found a 10 CD set breaking down the popes teaching on theology of the body for like 3$......it's amazing.... if its something that interests you....I suggest finding it.
a GOOD confession....one at which you are willing to rework your entire life. When you get home...you get rid of everything that tempts you (because this sin begins at the level of thought).
This is going to sound silly ...but trust me. How you live your daily life needs to change: If you have a messy room/ home............clean and organize it, start keeping track of appointments on a planner, plan out your day and plan a day in which you can keep busy (lazy, sloppy and unorganized life sets u up to fall especially when you have lots of time on your hands ) .
Exercise! believe it or not..........exercise burns off lots of our pent up energies
Lastly........start to practice fasting. If you can begin to permit your will to tell the body what to do...........your will will get stronger and your body will listen to you more.
If you can start studying theology of the body so you understand why we have the urges and what they mean....the untwisting can begin (along with the sacraments and DAILY praying about this) and use my above suggestions.... I can gurantee results.
Remember this is going to be a process...AND it's a process that will allow you to come closer to God through all of it. Every day at the begining of your day say a little prayer asking God to give you strength and to conqure your temptations and to not treat his daughters in such a demeaning way and to help purify your heart. And thank him every night and rededicate your entire body , and feelings, thoughts to His service.
Oh, also..........when temptations come..... try saying a prayer like this: "Lord I offer this temptation to you and I'm willing to suffer it in atonement for my sins and for the conversion of all my brothers and sister caught in this trap of slavery "
lol, its spiritual jujitsu........you're taking the devils temptation and causing him to lose souls!
Good luck to you . If you need to talk...don't hesitate!
Wow, great post! Thank you for this! I'm going to print this out. Although I don't struggle with porn, this can apply to so many other things as well:)