Pornography Kills the Soul

Clergy Conner by Fr. David A. Runnion

The purveyors of pornography do not care about your soul. Indeed, using printed media, film, email, or the dark side of the Internet, they will take your soul if you let them. But, don't let them!

God created each of us in his divine image and likeness, to be in healthy relationships with Himself and one another, based upon mutual love and respect, in purity and chastity.

Pornography perverts human sexuality, the sanctity of Holy Matrimony, and healthy relationships. Its false lure of self-satisfaction treats others as objects, to be used for base pleasure and illicit profit. It quickly becomes addictive and destructive of one's inner peace and relationships with God and others. Both those viewing and being viewed become enslaved.

Jesus came to save us and set us free, above all by letting you know how much God loves you, that he has a plan for your happiness, and that following Christ along the path to life is where you will find true love and contentment.

The first step to getting free from this grave offense (CCC 2354) against God, others, and self is to cry out to God: "Lord Jesus, save and set me free." "A clean heart create for me, O God." "Holy Spirit, cleanse me that I may be pure and chaste."

Regular Confession is essential, as is trusted help – Priest, Counselor, support group, etc. – on your journey to freedom, to help guide and affirm you and hold you accountable.

Daily Scripture reading, the Sacramental Life, and working on real-life relationships, rather than fantasies, are necessary.

Practical steps also include: putting a filtering program on all Internet devices (letting someone else set the password); viewing the Internet only in a public place (not alone in your room); avoiding the Internet when feeling down; becoming engaged in a healthy group of friends or parishioners; and always seeking to deepen your personal relationship with Christ. He is the one Who knows you the best, and loves you the most.

Other resources include:

Come, Lord Jesus, save me and set me free. Jesus, I trust You. Help my lack of trust.

Fill your mind only with what is good, true, pure,
holy, uplifting, and deserving of praise (cf. Php 4:8).

Tags: Fr. Runnion, Clergy Corner

Clergy Corner

Read our Clergy Corner blog.



Saturday, February 13, 2021
When God created the human race, He made them fully alive and fully healthy, "to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth" (Gen 1:28).... Read More

Change Now, for the Kingdom is Here!

Sunday, January 24, 2021
In creating the world, God’s loving purpose was to establish His Kingdom by sharing the gift of His life with His creation. When Jesus said,... Read More


Sunday, January 3, 2021
Like all of us, these astrologers too were in constant search after human fulfillment, but they believed that only in the Savior Jesus they could... Read More


Sunday, December 27, 2020
On this Sunday following the Nativity of the Lord, we are joyfully celebrating the Holy Family of Nazareth. It is a most suitable context because... Read More

We Are Almost There!

Sunday, December 20, 2020
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.  May it be done to me according to your word.” We are almost there! We have... Read More

God is Already Here ... Do You Recognize Him?

Friday, December 11, 2020
We hear people saying to us, "we must put God in our lives," but God is already here! Our business is to recognize Him. "There is... Read More

Make Advent 2020 Your Best!

Saturday, November 28, 2020
Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!" This should be our personal motto or theme for Advent 2020! We have finally made... Read More

Our Indifference Hurts Jesus the Most

Saturday, November 21, 2020
Many people are becoming forgetful about so many things, particularly about God. How many of us still remember the truth that "the earth is... Read More

We can truly grow richer in grace because God is so very generous

Saturday, November 14, 2020
This Sunday we are told the Parable of the Talents.  In the end, two of the servants worked hard using what they had received to produce... Read More

Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Friday, November 6, 2020
I’d like to start by taking us on a little trip through Canon Law. Canon 992: “An indulgence is the remission before God of... Read More

Ordinary People - that is Precisely what Saints Are!

Sunday, November 1, 2020
Ordinary people - that is precisely what saints are! Saints are ordinary persons like you and me. They too had sinned and had their share of human... Read More

Love Your Neighbor a Yourself

Sunday, October 25, 2020
Love your neighbor as yourself. Jesus considered love of neighbor "his commandment," that which summarizes the whole Law. "This is... Read More

Paid for by JESUS 2020

Saturday, October 17, 2020
Brothers and Sisters, In today’s Gospel, we see yet again people intent on trying to entrap Jesus. Why? Why are people so threatened by Him?... Read More

God has a Plan for this Bankrupt World

Saturday, October 10, 2020
In spite of all appearances to the contrary, God has a plan for this bankrupt world. He knows what He is going to make of this world. His plan is... Read More

Total Commitment to the Lord

Friday, September 18, 2020
The life of a Christian whose commitment to the Lord is not total is a waste. St. Paul was a totally committed apostle so that he could assure his... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!