Mother of Purity,

Pray for us!

"The spiritual combat in which we kill our passions to put on the new man is the most difficult struggle of all. We must never weary of this combat, but fight the holy fight fervently and perseveringly."     

-- St. Nilus

"As iron is fashioned by fire and on the anvil, so in the fire of suffering and under the weight of trials, our souls receive that form which our Lord desires them to have."

-- St. Madeline Sophie Barat

"Do not think that your present state is a punishment from Heaven, because you would be wrong, but be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul."

-- St.Padre Pio

"There is a practice that is most powerful in keeping us united with God. That practice is the constant recollection of His presence."

-- St. Alphonsus Liguori

It is right that you should begin again every day. There is no better way to complete the spiritual life than to be ever beginning it over again.

-- St. Francis de Sales

As to be holy is nothing else than to will what God wills, so to be wise is nothing else than to judge of things as God judges of them.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

It should be observed that perfect love of God consists not in those delights, tears and sentiments of devotion that we generally seek, but in a strong determination and keen desire to please God in all things, and to promote His glory.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Your life consists in drawing nearer to God. To do this you must endeavor to detach yourself from visible things and remember that in a short time they will be taken from you.

-- Blessed John of Avila

We should perform our penance overwhelmed with joy at being able to satisfy God, whom we have offended, and at finding such an easy means of effacing our sins which should have earned eternal sufferings for us.

-- St. John Vianney

True charity consists in putting up with all one's neighbor's faults, never being surprised by his weakness, and being inspired by the least of his virtues.

-- St. Therese of Lisieux

Ah, how true it is that we love ourselves too much and proceed with too much human prudence, that we may not lose an atom of our consideration! Oh, what a great mistake that is! The Saints did not act thus.

-- St. Teresa of Avila

Humility is the only virtue that no devil can imitate. If pride made demons out of angels, there is no doubt that humility could make angels out of demons.

-- St. John Climacus

No matter how good food is, if poison is mixed with it, it may cause the death of him who eats it. So it is with conversation. A single bad word, an evil action, an unbecoming joke, is often enough to harm one or more young listeners, and may later cause them to lose God's grace.

-- St. John Bosco

To those who are scandalized and rebel against what happens to them: Everything comes from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does nothing without this goal in mind.

-- St. Catherine of Sienna

If I can succeed in saving only a single soul, I can be sure that my own will be saved.

-- St. Dominic Savio

The value of our life does not depend on the place we occupy. It depends on the way we occupy that place.

-- St. Theresa of the Child Jesus

In all the events of life, you must recognize the divine will. Adore and bless it, especially in the things which are the hardest for you.

-- St. Padre Pio

An act of renunciation is an act of union with God. The Divine Master looks lovingly upon a person who gains a victory over self.

-- St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

They deceive themselves who believe that union with God consists in ecstasies or raptures, and in the enjoyment of Him. For it consists in nothing except the surrender and subjection of our will - with our thoughts, words and actions - to the will of God....

-- St. Teresa of Avila

That we may not be deceived by self-love, in considering matters that concern us, we ought to look at them as if they belonged to others, and our only business with them was to give our judgement - not from interest, but in the cause of truth; and in the same way we should look on others' affairs as our own...

-St. Ignatius Loyola

"Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do."

- Pope John XXIII



























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Let go and let God.

No Matter how weak the flesh or how difficult the struggle, there is hope in God's limitless Mercy.

St. Bernard of Clairvaux - "Absolutely every person, no matter how enmeshed in vice, ensnared by the allurements of pleasure, a captive in exile� fixed in mire� distracted by business, afflicted with sorrow� and counted with those who go down into hell�every soul, I say, standing thus under condemnation and without hope, has the power to turn and find it can not only breath the fresh air of the hope of pardon and mercy, but also dare to aspire to the nuptials of the Word."  

 �Fire Within, Fr. Thomas Dubay

�The sinner who feels within himself a total deprivation of all that is holy, pure, and solemn because of sin, the sinner who in his own eyes is in utter darkness, severed from the hope of salvation, from the light of life, and from the communion of saints, is himself the friend whom Jesus invited to dinner, the one who was asked to come out from behind the hedges, the one asked to be a partner in His wedding and an heir to God� Whoever is poor, hungry, sinful, fallen or ignorant is the guest of Christ.�

� Matthew the Poor


"For we are the temple of the Living God,

as God said,

'I will live in them and move among them,

and I will be their God,

and they shall be My people.

Therefore, come out from them, and be separate from them,

says the Lord,

and touch nothing unclean;

then I will welcome you,

and you shall be My sons and daughters,

says the Lord Almighty.'

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves

from every defilement of body and spirit,

and make holiness perfect in the fear of God."  (2 Cor 6:16-7:1)



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Victim of America's Culture of Death,

Please forgive us,

Please pray for us!


"God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,

 the courage to change the things I can,

and the wisdom to know the difference." - Serenity Prayer

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Prayer of St. Augustine

Breathe in me, Holy Spirit, that all my thoughts may be holy,

Act in me, Holy Spirit, that my work, too, may be holy,

Draw my heart, Holy Spirit, that I may love only what is holy,

Strengthen me, Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy,

Guard me, Holy Spirit, that I may always be holy.


We are here to help anyone in need who recognizes the pain, agony, disconnection and inability to achieve normal socialization within their lives because of pornography - people who realize that their problems are rooted in inordinate desires of the flesh.


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This Catholic web site is dedicated to ministering to those who desire to break their addiction to pornography.

Know and understand that it was God who inspired you to come here.

Open your heart to Him who loves you,
who waits for you,
who died for you.

You know who you are.
The first step to recovery is admitting to yourself that you have a problem with pornography.


This web site is intended to encourage individuals to turn to God and seek His presence in their lives and receive the supernatural graces that He so very much wants to give to each and every one of us.

We begin with a desire to break with the sins and evils inherent in pornography and lust, both on the part of the producer and the consumer.

As our Lord Jesus so clearly stated in scripture - lust is the only sin a person can commit in the comfort, convenience and privacy of their own mind.

� In the midst of sin, a sign of Hope �

When considering the condition of your soul in light of your addiction, remember that our Lord is asking,

 How close to God would you struggle to be were you not so sorely afflicted?

We want to hear from you!
Send us your stories and testimonials.
Tell us and others about your struggles.

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"More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason." 

- our Blessed Mother's message to Jacinta at Fatima, 1920


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Examination of Conscience
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Personal Testimonials

The Silence of Bethlehem
Fr. Jim - Sustaining the Effort
In Defense of Marriage

Porn and the Marriage Covenant
Guidelines and Tips for Fasting
One Wife's Anguish

Pornography and the Demonic
The Brown Scapular
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Fr. Andrew's Apostoli's Prayer
Recovery and Relapse
Professional Counseling

Paul Rasavage - Personal Story as appeared in the National Catholic Register article entitled "Secret Epidemic"


Catholic Hispanic Website:

La Asociaci�n de Laicos por la Madurez Afectiva y Sexual (ALMAS, A. C.)  

Also see:

Morality in Media Newsletter (Jul/Aug/Sept 2006 issue) Now Available Online


Unacceptability of Viewing Pornography -- pages 1-2
White Ribbon Against Pornography Week, Oct. 29 through Nov. 5 -- pages 3-4
Sexually Offensive Magazines at Supermarket Checkout Lines -- page 5
Obscenity and Indecency Law Enforcement Update -- page 6
U.S. Senate Testimony of Jill Manning -- page 7
Advertisement for "Confronting Your Spouse's Pornography Problem" -- page 8


Unity Restored

Is a group of clinicians who actively integrate psychological counseling with the Catholic faith to address pornography addiction. The priests of the Dioceses of Arlington, Washington D.C. and Baltimore as well as the Legionaries of Christ offered support and guidance.


Theology of the Body Institute



Shelley Lubben is a mother, a fighter for truth and survivor against all odds. Shelley is also a former porn actress fighting tirelessly against pornography which affects most of the world in a destructive way. After eight years of hard recovery from the trauma of the sex industry, Shelley is on a mission to smash the illusion of porn and to help people transform their lives by providing powerful resources to equip people to live Champion lives. Shelley really wants to warn America what porn's mission is: To completely destroy you and your family through its ability to deceive you and lure you to buy into the lie.

Saved from Strip Clubs

This website is for people who want to know the truth about strip clubs - who owns them, who works in them, who patronizes them, and why no one should have anything to do with them. I am a former stripper. Thanks to the merciful power of Jesus Christ and my newfound faith as a Roman Catholic, I found the strength to walk away from this world and all that came with it.



 NEW "Next Generation" Porn Filter    NEW!


 Article: "Porn - The Marriage Wrecker"

 Q & A:  "The Power of Confession"

 Q & A:  "I was gang-raped.  Does that make me sinful?

 Check out these NEW Resources!

 The King's Men - Catholic Ministry building men in the mold of Leader, Protector and Provider

 The Kinsey Syndrome - How we got where we are today

 The Holy Rosary - "The Chain that Sets Free"

 "Practical Advice from one who has been there" - Testimonial by Joe

 Dealing with Temptations - A short Primer

 "The Secret Sin" - Article on Catholic Exchange

 "From the Other Side" - Testimonial from Michele

 What it means to "Let Go and Let God" - A Lenten Reflection

 Pornography Awareness Week - Cardinal Keeler

 CNN Special News Series: Glenn Beck on "America's Porn Addiction"

 Article (MUST READ by Father Jim) - "Recovery and Relapse"

 New Book: "Confronting Your Spouse's Pornography Problem"

 More on Fasting - "For the Sake of Charity"

 "Spiritual Meditations for the Sexual Addict" - by Juan Taylor

 MUST READ Lenten Homily: "On Overcoming Temptations" by Fr. Paul Ward

 Personal Reflection: "Be Aware of Spiritual Backsliding"

 A MUST READ for Parents and Spiritual Directors - "What Truly Works"

 Article (MUST READ!): "Glorify God in Your Body"

 New Internet Pornography Filter  Let us know what you think!

 Prayer Need: "Blasphemies Against the Sacred Heart of Jesus"

 Article: "A Tale of Two Sinners"

 New Fraternal Apostolate: "Catholic Men's Fellowship of California"

 Q&A Forum: "I have lost all faith in marriage due to pornography."

 "An Open Letter to an Addict"

 "An Open Letter to the Wife of an Addict"

 Article: "A People of Fasting"

 Article: "A New Form of Prostitution" 

 New Testimonial: A Former Stripper's Story

 MUST READ Article: "Cry of a Lost Soul"

 Letter from Archbishop John Foley -

 President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications

 Frustration - Catholic Church in Denial: See what other Denominations are Doing 

 New Section: "Serenellian Spirituality" - Thoughts and Meditations by Juan Taylor  

 Disappointing:  "Pornographers Bring Funds to Republicans"  

 Article: "Indecency and Idiocy" 

 Article: "Forcing Indecency on the Decent" 

 From the Vatican:


 Article:  "Youth are Most at Risk from Pornography"

 The Psychopharmacology of Pictorial Pornography - Dr. Judith Reisman  

 The Pastoral Problem of Masturbation - By Fr. John Harvey OSFS

 EWTN Q&A Forum - Referral to the Serenellians

 Porn Destroys Lives, Senate Told 

 "Clean of Heart" now available in Hard Copy

 New Link:  PURELOVECLUB.COM - Catholic Answers Teen Site 

 Important Link: Ministry to Prostitution - Fr. DePaul Genska, OFM

 "Sexuality, the Modern World, and the Catholic Church" by Stephen Hand

 Article: "Commentary on Theology of the Body"

 Article: "Sowing the Seeds of Chastity" by Jeffery Schwehm

 Article: "Coming Home to Roost" by Patrick Madrid



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