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.


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


Friday, September 11, 2020
This Sunday’s Gospel passage offers us a lesson on forgiveness which does not deny wrongdoing but recognizes that human beings, created in... Read More

Patience, Courage and Charity

Friday, September 4, 2020
One of the greatest issues that tend to plague the younger generations is their inability to properly communicate. In a digital age, where most... Read More

But who do you say that I am?

Friday, August 21, 2020
When Jesus quizzes the apostles about His developing reputation, they are well aware of what people were saying. The apostles had families and... Read More

God Hears Our Prayers

Friday, August 14, 2020
We continue hearing from the Gospel of St. Matthew these stories of a seemingly uncouth Jesus dealing with a Canaanite woman begging for help. This... Read More

Reaching the Distant Shores

Friday, August 7, 2020
The disciples were at the mystery of a storm. "The boat, already several hundred yards out from shore, was being tossed about in the waves... Read More

Nothing can Separate Us from His Love

Saturday, August 1, 2020
The miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fish provides a chance for a midsummer reflection on the Eucharist, on the Mass, the central... Read More

Celebrate Our Parish Feast Day

Saturday, July 25, 2020
This weekend is special! Not because I’m finally here… because this weekend we celebrate our Parish Feast Day. The Feast of St. Mary... Read More

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

Sunday, July 19, 2020
It is true that we have to “hate sin but love the sinner,” for, after all, we have to follow the example of our Merciful God. It is... Read More

Thank You, Mary Magdalene!

Sunday, July 12, 2020
Read More

Jesus Wants to Journey with Us, Right Beside Us

Sunday, July 5, 2020
It is to people like ourselves that the Lord speaks in today’s Gospel reading. He asks all who find life weary and burdensome to come to Him:... Read More

If Not, Why Not?

Sunday, June 28, 2020
The Gospel this weekend leads us to ask a simple question… “If not, why not?” What do you know in your heart to be absolutely... Read More

The Test of True Loyalty for Humans is Loyalty to God

Sunday, June 21, 2020
Whom shall we be afraid of; God or man? The answer is obvious, but let us be sincere in our examination. Many times we have contradicted our belief... Read More

Walking Together Toward the Promise of New Life

Saturday, June 13, 2020
The Gospel of John presents the discourse on the “bread of life,” held by Jesus in the Synagogue of Capernaum, in which he affirms,... Read More

Let Your Faith Shine Forth

Sunday, June 7, 2020
I want you to think about the readings from the past few weeks. When we get to heaven… what is that that we are going to find? Are we going... Read More

Online Giving

Online Giving

Secure and Convenient Donate now!