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Why Fasting Matters for Us During Lent

During this wonderful season of Lent, many of us turn our attention to the discipline of fasting. Similar to making New Year’s resolutions, many of us decide to give something up for Lent. As a child, I remember wondering why we were called to refrain from meat, candy, or whatever during the 40 days before…

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Five Tips for Making (and Keeping!) Our Resolutions This Lent

Many people in North America make resolutions to improve their lives on January 1st. We start the year determined to make this our best year ever, but our high hopes and determination often evaporate like the morning dew on a hot day. In fact, studies show that most people give up on their New Years’…

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The Four Virtues and The Role of Grace in Our Recovery

In a recent discussion on how to develop virtuous habits to combat negative ones connected with sexual sin, I was introduced to the four cardinal virtues, which are prudence, courage, temperance, and justice. Each of these virtues can help us live moral lives. Following the discussion, I continued to ponder what I liked about my…

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How to Respond to Anti-Catholic Sentiments in Recovery Meetings

When I first walked through the doors of a 12-step meeting over 13 years ago I was hopeless, helpless, and desperate for a change. It was by far the hardest and best thing I ever did and I immediately felt accepted in a room full of complete strangers. 30 days earlier while in treatment I…

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5 Strategies for Overcoming an Addiction to Porn and Masturbation

Before discussing five strategies that help me stay clean with regard to porn and masturbation, let me start by explaining that nothing short of the grace and mercy of God ever worked in helping me experience victory over this ongoing battle, which spanned over 40 years. Only God can ultimately free us.  I’ve spent a…

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Patrons and Saints to Pray to for Addiction Recovery

It seems we Catholics have a patron saint for just about everything. But have you ever wondered if there is a patron saint for addiction? My research uncovered several. Hopefully, one of these will resonate with you. Perhaps the best-known patron saint for addiction is Saint Maximillian Mary Kolbe (1894-1941).  Saint Max, as he is…

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Nature’s Solace on the Journey of Recovery

In my effort to maintain sobriety, it has often been necessary to find time to be alone, away from the perceived and actual craziness that is life. For when things become too crazy there can come the sense of hopelessness. And if this is not tended to, an apathy can settle in that makes relapse…

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How the Lord’s Prayer Reveals the Key to God’s Mercy

Over the past two years, I have had many people ask me to explain what finally freed me from pornography. As I have pondered this question, I have come to appreciate that the freedom was not found through a practice, discipline, program, therapeutic intervention, “magic pill,” or anything else. It was found in a growing…

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The Power of “The Serenity Prayer”

“The Serenity Prayer”  God, Grant me the Serenity To accept the things I cannot change, Courage to change the things that I can And Wisdom to know the difference.  Living one day at a time, Enjoying one moment at a time, Accepting hardship as the pathway to peace. Taking, as He did, this sinful world…

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