Ten Steps to Break Free from Pornography

Ten Steps to Break Free from Pornography

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1. Go to confession. Through confession, you receive forgiveness and added grace to help conquer temptation in the future. You’ll also have someone to whom you are accountable. As the Bible says, “Two are better than one. . . . If they fall, one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up” (Eccles. 4:9–10).

2. Go to Mass and Eucharistic Adoration. No greater grace exists in the Church than the Blessed Sacrament.

3. Develop a devotion to Mary and St. Joseph. Carry a rosary with you at all times, and pray it often. Invoke our Lady’s intercession when you feel tempted. She is the woman who will restore your ability to view all other women honorably. The Church honors St. Joseph as the guardian of virgins and the terror of demons. He is a powerful ally against sins that violate the dignity of women.

4. Fast. There is tremendous spiritual power in this ancient practice. (See e5men.org)

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5. Be active and productive. Saint Robert Bellarmine said, “Flee idleness, for no one is more exposed to such temptations than he who has nothing to do.”[6]

6. Put a filter on your computer. See filterreview.com and seenoevilonline.com for examples.

7. Use sacramentals. Place a holy image, crucifix, or statue where you’re tempted to view pornography. You could also make the sign of the cross or bless yourself with holy water when you feel tempted.

8. Read Scripture. The Word of God has power to drive out the evil one.

9. Pray for your temptations. Whenever an impure image comes to mind, pray for the grace to overcome the temptation. But do not stop there. Let the image serve as a reminder to pray for that woman’s conversion. As strange as it sounds, the antidote to pornography is to love the women in pornography. Feel responsible for them as your sisters in humanity. According to Pope John Paul II, God “assigns the dignity of every woman as a task to every man.”[7]

10. Don’t be discouraged. The battle is not an easy one, so do not give up if you fall. Persevere and you will win the crown.

The Church’s message of purity is not a condemnation but a calling to authentic human love. It is an invitation for men to master their impulses and to allow Christ to transform the way they view women. When this happens, they become who they are—sons of God and earthly icons of the Heavenly Father. St. Josemaría Escrivá said, “There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work.”[8]

Therefore, if you own any pornography, destroy it and defend your ability to love all women with a clean heart.

“The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy.”

—Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2339

“Each man must look within himself to see whether she who was entrusted to him as a sister in humanity . . . has not become in his heart an object of adultery.”[1]

—Pope John Paul II

“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you to be tempted beyond your strength, but with the temptation will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”

—1 Corinthians 10:13

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