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 Post subject: Same old temptation
PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2017 5:05 pm 
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I have similar question to above topic.
I have to find ways to deal with masturbation. Pornography will often lead to this although doesn't have to. I ask for help from God through grace and it works for awhile and suddenly I just feel an unending compulsion to look at something. Simply knowing it is wrong is not a complete answer for me. That answer shows little thought and disrespect for the person inquiring about this problem. I don't respond always to right and wrong and everyone knows this. Tools! Tools! And what to try when these tools aren't working fast enough!. I need help on "speed dial"
I am embarrassed to go to confession when all I think of is the same sin and know that I'm good only for a few days. I have an addiction and I pray about this, but if I'm not in a state of grace then it won't be heard the right way. I'm in a vicious cycle that is self defeating! I'm praying to God to hear me anyway. This actually sounds right but not to be used continuously.
Thanks for understanding right and wrong in my mind.


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 Post subject: Re: Same old temptation
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:20 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Same old temptation
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:29 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: Same old temptation
PostPosted: Tue Sep 12, 2017 12:39 pm 
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1) God hears the prayers of those not in a state of grace, particularly when they're asking for healing graces. Don't ever think it's not worth it to pray.
2) Look out when you're Hungry Angry Lonely Tired (HALT). I'd add Bored to that list, but then there's no acronym. You have an itch that you've learned to scratch, and it helps if you can identify where that itch comes from and address it ahead of time.
3) Learn to identify your triggers. They might be innocent things by themselves but have become associated with the desire to masturbate and/or view porn. Then do whatever it takes to avoid triggers.
4) Speaking of doing whatever it takes, do whatever it takes to get the porn out of your dwelling. If it's recordings and books, pitch them. If it's files on your hard drive, erase them securely. Delete the URLs from your bookmarks and history. Switch to a flip phone if you have to; at the very least, never bring your phone or tablet or computer into your bedroom. Always turn your computer OFF when you're done--don't just close the lid.
5) http://shop.catholic.com/you-are-loved.html Find a copy of that if you can. Then read it.

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