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Give Up Porn for Lent

I know, I know, I've been writing about porn and purity a lot lately. But there's a good reason---It's a HUGE problem.  When 64% of Christian men admit to watching porn at least monthly, and at least 21% of youth pastors admit to being addicted, there's no point in pretending it isn't happening. As my good friend Matt Fradd is wont to...

4 Out of 5 Catholic Men Confess This Sin

They confess to looking at pornography and masturbating. It's awkward, I know, to say it so candidly, but the only way to defeat pornography in our lives is to admit that we have a widespread problem with it. Vice, Firmly Entrenched By the time I was in high school, the habit of lusting after women via pornography was firmly entrenched in...

10 Ways to Win the Battle for Purity

Flashy billboards, provocative dress and apparel, Hollywood fashions spread far and wide, suggestive innuendos, off-colored jokes, indecent movies, and the ever-present danger of the Internet to visit the numerous and poisonous websites—all of these and a plethora of other alluring and seductive temptations can trap even the best of us into falling into the sin against the virtue of purity....

Fight or Die: 12 Weapons for Combatting Porn Addiction

Porn is an epidemic. There's no other way to put it. Sixty-eight (68) percent of young adult men say they look at porn at least once a week. Sixty-four (64) percent of Christian men say they look at porn at least once a month. There were 1.5 billion searches for pornography since the beginning of the year. Those are staggering statistics (source)....

Porn Destroyed My Marriage and I Hate It

Last week, I wrote a post about how dangerous porn is; how it destroys your relationships with God and others, how it kills your soul, and how it enslaves you. Perhaps some thought I was exaggerating or simply being shrill. That's why I want to share a real-life story left in the comments of last week's post, describing how porn destroyed...

9 Reasons to Kick Porn to the Curb

Forget Ebola, porn is the real plague consuming our society. It is an epidemic of massive proportions and a growing public health crisis. The vast majority of men admit they regularly look at it: Lawyers, doctors, pastors, priests, husbands, it doesn't matter.  And despite the best efforts or protective parents, every child will be exposed to it sooner or later. As...

Made for Pillows? Men, Boredom, and Pornography

Pornography is not free speech. Pornography is pernicious. So why do so many men look at pornography? I would like to suggest to you that the reason so many men look at pornography is not only lust, but boredom. Brothers, if you struggle with pornography, it’s time to ask yourself a question: What would Uriah do? The Story of David...

Custody of the Eyes: What it is and How to Practice It

 Oh! how many are lost by indulging their sight!  - St. Alphonsus de Ligouri If your eye offends you, pluck it out. - Jesus We live in a hyper-sexualized, even pornified culture, and if you're a man who wants to be pure, you're going to be involved in a constant warfare against lust. Everything from toothpaste commercials to weight loss ads have some sort...

Get Married Young Man, Part 3: 5 Ways to Prepare Yourself

Marriage is wonderful, but it brings with it a lot of responsibilities and duties. Scripture and the teaching of the Church are quite clear--- the husband is the head of the home, and he bears the primary responsibility before God for its happiness and holiness. In imitation of Jesus, the husband is the prophet, priest, and king of the domestic...

Spiritual Weapons: 3 Hail Marys for Purity

"For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty to God unto the pulling down of fortifications..." St. Paul Every day, we face various temptations to sin. These temptations take many forms. Some of us struggle with an explosive temper, others with selfishness, others...

Fighting for Purity

"There is need for a crusade of manliness and purity to counteract and nullify the savage work of those who think man is a beast. And that crusade is your work."- St. Josemaria Escriva The number one, soul-destroying problem men face is attacks on sexual purity. Immodesty is ubiquitous, pornography is easily accessible, and every form of media, including advertising,...