Understanding the Temptation

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Understanding the Temptation (Limit Access)

Pope Benedict XVI said “Purity of heart and life is necessary to see God.” Our minds are steel traps ensnaring what they see.  Once it is there, it is difficult to let go.

So how does this addiction to porn and any mind altering drug work?  First euphoric recall.  You think about the pleasure received by being impure; then thoughts become obsessed.  Obsession is the “domination of one’s thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea, image, desire, etc.  Then compulsion sets in.  In psychology compulsion is defined as “a strong, usually irresistible impulse to perform an act, especially one that is irrational or contrary to one’s will.  Finally you actEuphoric recall~ Obsession~ Compulsion~ Sinful Action~ Shame~ Euphoric Recall~ ETC.

Wow!  What a cycle.  Only by breaking the cycle in the euphoric recall stage can it be broken.  When impure images or thoughts enter the mind and you can immediately gain access to impure sites, the cycle is off and running.  If you can limit access and create a delay between euphoric recall and access, you will be more successful.  Limiting access to certain sites will be invaluable.  Not the total cure, but a step in the right direction.

7 Helps:  Eliminate the temptation.  Limit your access to the Internet.  Go to Confession  Don't do it alone:  get help.  Increase your desire to be holy.  Pray always.  Don't presume/don't despair.  Contact a priest at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Limiting access to certain sites or allowing access to only a few sites

There are two ways to limit access to sites:  Either eliminate access to certain sites, or better yet( at least initially),  have access to only a few sites eliminating all the others!  Yes, have access to only 5-10 sites!  Yes, it is possible to still live without them!!!

Internet Explorer can be configured to restrict access so only a short list of approved sites can be accessed by anyone without a special password.  You will have to work with another person who would have the password.

Limit your sites to your bank, your work sites, your e-mail account.  This can be very restrictive but Mt.  5:30:  “If your access to the internet causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away.  It is better for you to lose access to the internet then for your whole body, soul, and computer to go to Hell!” …okay, a loose translation but you get the point!

To find out how to do this search: “How to limit access to sites on the internet?” and you will find sites such as http://www.boutell.com/newfaq/browser/restrictie.html which tell you step by step how to do this.  Another site http://www.timeatlas.com/web_sites/general/methods_to_block_websites describes 5 ways of doing this.

Finally go to http://internet-filter-review.toptenreviews.com/ for an internet filter review that grades filters that allows limits only to certain sites (or eliminates sites).

All of these ways will require you to have a partner, sponsor, or trusted friend to create the password that you will not have access to, no matter what.

St. Alphonsus Ligouri- "To resist every temptation it is sufficient to pronounce the names of Jesus and Mary. If the temptation continues let us invoke Jesus and Mary and the devil will never be able to conquer us."

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Limiting Access