“But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” – Jesus
It’s no secret that porn usage has increased drastically over the years. Things that are considered mainstream used to be blatantly considered porn. We also know not only is this a moral problem but studies have shown more porn use correlates with less grey matter in the reward circuit (dorsal striatum). Matt Fradd says, “when you are at your best, you must prepare for your worst” in regards to fighting pornography addiction. We must flee from sexual immorality as St. Paul says.
Leaving a porn addiction behind involves life changes in several aspects. “The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates. Integrity Restored has a great website to helping overcome porn. They list 7 steps in recovering from porn addiction. 1. Honest, Self-knowledge and Commitment 2. Purifying your Life 3. Support and Accountability 4. Counseling 5. Spiritual Plan 6. Education and 7. Virtue. We encourage you to visit their website for more information.
St. Thomas Aquinas – Prayer of Purity
I know that every perfect gift, and especially that of chastity,
depends on the power of your providence. Without you a mere
creature can do nothing. Therefore, I beg you to defend by your
grace the chastity and purity of my body and soul. And if I have ever
sensed or imagined anything that could stain my chastity and purity,
blow it out, Supreme Lord of my powers, that I may advance with a pure
heart in your love and service, offering myself on the most pure altar of
your divinity all the days of my life.
St. Thomas Aquinas – Pray for us
OUR EPISODE WITH MATT FRADD ON THE TOPIC OF PORNOGRAPHY: