Pornography Kills the Soul

Clergy Conner by Fr. David A. Runnion

The purveyors of pornography do not care about your soul. Indeed, using printed media, film, email, or the dark side of the Internet, they will take your soul if you let them. But, don't let them!

God created each of us in his divine image and likeness, to be in healthy relationships with Himself and one another, based upon mutual love and respect, in purity and chastity.

Pornography perverts human sexuality, the sanctity of Holy Matrimony, and healthy relationships. Its false lure of self-satisfaction treats others as objects, to be used for base pleasure and illicit profit. It quickly becomes addictive and destructive of one's inner peace and relationships with God and others. Both those viewing and being viewed become enslaved.

Jesus came to save us and set us free, above all by letting you know how much God loves you, that he has a plan for your happiness, and that following Christ along the path to life is where you will find true love and contentment.

The first step to getting free from this grave offense (CCC 2354) against God, others, and self is to cry out to God: "Lord Jesus, save and set me free." "A clean heart create for me, O God." "Holy Spirit, cleanse me that I may be pure and chaste."

Regular Confession is essential, as is trusted help – Priest, Counselor, support group, etc. – on your journey to freedom, to help guide and affirm you and hold you accountable.

Daily Scripture reading, the Sacramental Life, and working on real-life relationships, rather than fantasies, are necessary.

Practical steps also include: putting a filtering program on all Internet devices (letting someone else set the password); viewing the Internet only in a public place (not alone in your room); avoiding the Internet when feeling down; becoming engaged in a healthy group of friends or parishioners; and always seeking to deepen your personal relationship with Christ. He is the one Who knows you the best, and loves you the most.

Other resources include:

Come, Lord Jesus, save me and set me free. Jesus, I trust You. Help my lack of trust.

Fill your mind only with what is good, true, pure,
holy, uplifting, and deserving of praise (cf. Php 4:8).

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