[quote="crts08, post:1, topic:170293"]
hi Im new here. Im Catholic and in my 20's. I need some advice. ever since I was 12 I have fought with masturbation. I didnt learn that it was wrong until I became Catholic when I was 16. ever since then I have tried to stop. Sometimes I make it weeks and sometimes I cant hardly get through a week without doing it. Any advice? after I fall I get to confession as soon as its avalible (saturdays).
also after I fall I always feel so bad. and i am scared to leave the house because I worry about what if something happens to me before I get to confession. Like tomorrow I need to help my Dad out but Im scared to leave the house until I get to confession because I have fallin.one of my friends told me to make an act of contrition then go on about my life until saturday then get to confession. is he right? is it ok to leave the house for school work and stuff before you get to confession?
It's heartbreaking to think how many sweet, good hearted young people are continually torturing themselves emotionally over this. Being young and single while trying to live in this sex saturated culture makes stopping this practice completely totally impossible on your own power. Paul illustrates his sadness over his own sin in Romans chapter 7. Another great place in the Bible to go when expressing sorrow to God over personal sin is Psalm 51.
It is only when one realizes that Jesus Christ gave his life on the cross as* full *payment for the sins of the entire world for *all time *can the heart of the sinner be changed. Your sin was paid for 2000 years ago at Calvary. Realize this and you can begin to clean up the things in your life that are sinful. It can be a fairly slow is a process.
This cleaning up job is called "sanctification". What happens during sanctification is that you will notice a decreasing pattern of all sin, not just this one in your life. Obedience to the Lord then flows naturally out of love, not fear.