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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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Recovering from the Private Killer of Porn Addiction

It was a catastrophic personal event that plunged me into three years of intense habitual and addictive behavior that needed to be addressed. It was then that I finally recognized my addiction needed to be stopped.  Downloading porn videos and images as well as participating in sex chats—all are obvious markers of addiction. And I…

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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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Get Out The Toolbox: Surviving the Coronavirus Pandemic

One of the phrases that I keep hearing get thrown around amidst the Coronavirus pandemic is “nothing has prepared us for this!” And in a sense, this is true. We haven’t seen a pandemic like this on a global scale since the Spanish Flu in the early 20th century.  However, I don’t buy the fact…

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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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