“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”–Matthew 5:8
The dignity of the human person includes our sexuality. Our sexuality is more than our gender. It is part of our person. It gives us the ability to connect and give ourselves in love to another person. Our human sexuality is an important means by which we can share in the love and creativity of God. In the misuse of our sexuality, human weakness and selfishness can manifest themselves, sometimes in terrible ways. Human sexuality is a gift but not a toy. It is a gift to be respected and directed toward its proper end: loving and personal communion with others.
Use of pornography is a serious sin against chastity and the dignity of the human person. It robs us of sanctifying grace, separates us from the vision of God and from the goodness of others, and leaves us spiritually empty. Do you or someone you know struggle with pornography? Do you desire to be freed from the spiritual emptiness it brings? You are not alone, there are resources where you can receive the help you need, and there is hope that your sexuality can be redeemed.
Websites We Recommend:
- My House Initiative: offers an avenue of healing for those who have been harmed by pornography’s destructive effects. Call their anonymous hotline at (888) 989-9886 or visit My House Columbus.
- Fight the New Drug.
- Integrity Restored
Pastoral Letters from United States’ Bishops:
- Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Bishop Robert W. Finn.
- Bought with a Price: Pornography and the Attack on the Living Temple of God.
If you wish to speak to one of our parish priests, they are happy to walk with you through the healing process.