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Saint Jude, Our Patron for the Pornography Pandemic

Satan is a killer. Given the chance he will happily kill your marriage, your family, your relationships, your joy, and your faith: “He’s the enemy…avoid him at all costs” (James 4:7). The world is experiencing a health pandemic. However, as Christians and Catholics, I feel that we are experiencing three pandemics simultaneously: COVID-19, anxiety, and…

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How to Experience Our Mother’s Love by Praying the Marian Peace Chaplet

Friends and family in recovery, how are your spiritual conditions? Are you experiencing the gift of peace that comes from sober living? Or are moments of peace and tranquility being snatched away by worldly thoughts and distractions? Are you drained by the fallout of our present time with feelings of anxiety, stress, and worry?  If…

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Reflecting on “Thy Will Be Done” in Our Recovery

We in Catholic in Recovery are undeniably blessed to have at our fingertips so many avenues and ways to seek God and live according to His perfect will. Our gratitude and blessings of recovery are worth repeating as our hearts and minds have been brought into harmony with God. Every day we have the opportunity…

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My Life Since Becoming Free from Pornography and Masturbation

As I think about how my life has changed for the better since becoming free from viewing pornography and masturbating multiple times per day, I am awed by Jesus’s promise: “Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things will follow.” It’s true, when we seek Christ first everything else falls…

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The Value of Doing a Daily Examen to Receive God’s Grace

When I do an Examination of Conscience, or my Daily Examen, I’m often confronted with how sinful I am. A Daily Examen is the practice of recounting our shortcomings and sins prayerfully in the presence of the Lord, asking for His forgiveness and the strength to do better. But contrary to popular understanding, acknowledging our…

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Step Eleven Reminds Us Never to Stop Seeking God

Step Eleven reads: “Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.”  Many old-timers will say this step is vital for achieving long-term sobriety and having real peace of mind. What begins…

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How Eucharistic Adoration Taught Me About Freedom from Pornography

As a cradle Catholic, I was familiar with Eucharistic adoration. I vaguely remember going with my class in elementary school. However, I was not a practitioner of this method to adore Jesus. Truth be told, until 2015 I was not really a faithful Catholic. I went to church on Sunday, followed most of the Church’s…

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Sweet Surrender: The Gift of My Consecration to the Blessed Mother

I’ve read often in recovery literature that surrender is essential to healing from our addictions. But it always frightened me. Surrender felt like giving up—it felt like admitting I can’t do it on my own.  Guess what? I can’t do it on my own. Even just typing that sentence was difficult but lately I’ve found…

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Creating a Sacred Space in a Time of Uncertainty

Kathy's Sacred Space

Brothers and sisters in recovery, how are you faring in our current state of affairs? For a month now we have been restricted from many of our usual daily activities. This means we haven’t been able to attend in-person recovery meetings, Mass, or the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as spend time with many of…

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