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Planning for Falls When Recovering from Porn

Bob came to me feeling very discouraged.  He had slipped again into viewing pornography.  He wanted to be completely honest about it and tell his wife; however, he didn’t know how to do it.  He knew she would be very angry and disappointed.  He didn’t want to hurt her, but he knew he had to come clean.   In recovery, slips...

The Saints We Touch: The Example of Ordinary Holiness

I’ve never been good at initiating hugs. I’m pro-hugging, and very much so, it’s just that I’ve always felt awkward with being the first to spread his arms and move in for the hug. “Zubair,” Louis Coker, OFS, would say before spreading his arms and moving in on me, “my brother.” He had a knack for it. Louis was a...

My Journey From Muslim to Catholic

“How did you go from Islam to Catholicism?” I’ve been asked that several times since my confirmation in 2012. I don’t mind answering this question at all. The problem has typically been that I’ve been asked this in such a setting in which I’ve only had only a few minutes to give an answer. The story of my conversion, from...

Guilt, Shame, and Healing from Pornography

This post is part of an ongoing series on healing from pornography addiction. Read more posts in this series here. One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for both the pornography user and his/her spouse is shame.  In order to understand shame, we need to distinguish it from guilt:  Guilt:  An emotion that focuses on actions.  This is an...

Podcast Ep. 8: How the Virgin Mary Helps us Be Better Men

How can the Blessed Virgin Mary help us be better men? We are prone to look for masculine models to imitate, and yet the constant chorus of the saints through the ages has been that the Blessed Mother is indispensable to a man's spiritual life. Dr. Mark Miravalle will help illuminate how the Virgin Mary can help us grow in...

Battling Porn: How to Know if You’re Addicted

Because pornography use is so widely used and accepted today, many people may wonder if they are addicted to it.  According to Dr. Mark Laaser (1992) pornography/sexual addiction is “any persistent and escalating unhealthy pattern of sexual behavior. It is compulsive in nature and used to avoid or change feelings despite destructive consequences to self and others.” Diagnosing an addiction...

St. Joseph the Essential Worker

My grandfather was a scientist of significant accomplishment.  He invented some laundry detergents(“All”), the fabric in use in most French drains – which likely surround your home – and the means by which most homes today expel radon, which seeps in from the depths of the earth, a silent demon come up from darkness that goes unnoticed for most until...

Don’t Waste Your Life: The Importance of Bold, Faith-Filled Action

I don't have much use for success gurus, but one idea from Tony Robbins that I heard years ago stuck with me. When asked the secret of change, he talks about taking "massive action." We often don't achieve our dreams, he claims, because we're too half-hearted and timid about pursuing them. We think about what we'd like to do endlessly, but never...

Podcast Ep. 7: Leaving Boyhood Behind with Jason Craig

What does it mean to be a man? How does a boy become a man? These questions are relevant to every man today. In this episode, I'm joined by Jason Craig, a farmer, author, men's leader, and convert to Catholicism who writes frequently about the transition from boyhood to manhood. Jason is the author of "Leaving Boyhood Behind, " and...

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