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Go to Confession

"The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works."~~St. Augustine

Friends,

As Catholics we have a great weapon against impurity:  The Sacrament of Confession.

In the steps I’ve outlined (below), to be free from pornography and other unwanted sexual thoughts and behaviors, the Sacrament of Confession is a major step.  Using it consistently and honestly is a decisive plan of attack on the Devil!  I hope some of these suggestions help!

Father Ken VanHaverbeke


Third Step: “Go to Confession on a weekly basis to the same confessor”

Saint Augustine’s conversion was a combination of cooperation with grace and infusion of grace.

St. Augustine, from his book, Confessions (Book VIII):

…How long, Lord?

Tomorrow?  Why is there not this hour an end to my uncleanness?  …

I then heard a voice chanting.. ”take up and read.”

I rose, grasped and opened (the Bible) and in silence read Romans13:13-14,

“Let us then throw off the works of darkness [and] put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves properly as in the day,* not in orgies and drunkenness, not in promiscuity and licentiousness, not in rivalry and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.”

That was the tipping point for Augustine to begin living the life God called him to.  Confessing his sins, Augustine went on after a life of lust to become a saint!

So can you!

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Confession is an act of honesty and courage - an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God. --Pope John Paul 2

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Seven Steps to Freedom:

  1. Eliminate the temptation.  There needs to be a period of abstinence before you can make progress.  This may mean unplugging from the internet!  Yes, there was life before the internet!
  2. Limit your access to the internet through:
    1. Time Limits
    2. Site Limits
    3. Accountability Partner
    4. Filters
    5. U-N-P-L-U-G it!!!  Really!
  3. Go to Confession on a weekly basis to the same confessor
  4. Don’t do it alone:  get help.  A spiritual director and perhaps professional help
  5. Pray always; Pray unceasingly
  6. Increase your desire to be holy
  7. Be wary of sinning against the virtue of hope through presumption or despair

If you were sick, you would not go from one doctor to another.

You would go to the doctor you always go to because he or she knows you best and understands your problems.

So it is with a priest confessor.

Find one that you can go to regularly.

Keep at it! 

Through the ministry of the Sacrament, God will grant you pardon and peace and will absolve you of your sins!

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name;  thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us;  and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  Amen.