Today Sam and John discuss addictions, what they are, how to define and understand them, and how to continuously work throughout life to overcome them as Catholic men. We go into the clear and clinical breakdown of addictions with a big 'A' versus a little 'a'. We discuss the difference between substance versus behavioral addictions and how to overcome each. How do we break free from that which is keeping us in bondage or tempting us to addictions and further comfort?
In this episode of The Catholic Gentleman, Sam and John are joined by a Catholic man and psychiatrist of incredible wisdom and experience, Dr. Kevin Majeres. Kevin guides us in how to embrace our anxiety and challenges head-on as an opportunity for our sanctification provided by God. As GK Chesterton stated, "An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered." However, as nice as that sounds, it is in this episode that we learn how to use these challenges and anxeity as God's will towards our sanctification.
In this episode of The Catholic Gentleman, Sam and John are joined by Charles Fraune, author of the book, Slaying Dragons: What Exorcists See & What We Should Know, to discuss how we can better understand the temptations of the demonic and all of the tools that the Church has given us and are proven by exorcists.
Bob came to me feeling very discouraged. He had slipped again into viewing pornography. He wanted to be completely honest about it and tell his wife; however, he didn’t know how to do it. He knew she would be very angry and disappointed. He didn’t want to hurt her, but he knew he had […]
This post is part of an ongoing series on healing from pornography addiction. Read more posts in this series here. One of the most difficult obstacles to overcome for both the pornography user and his/her spouse is shame. In order to understand shame, we need to distinguish it from guilt: Guilt: An emotion that focuses […]
Because pornography use is so widely used and accepted today, many people may wonder if they are addicted to it. According to Dr. Mark Laaser (1992) pornography/sexual addiction is “any persistent and escalating unhealthy pattern of sexual behavior. It is compulsive in nature and used to avoid or change feelings despite destructive consequences to self […]
Tom was noticeably upset as he described his frustration with pornography use. It seemed that every day at work he would end up going online and viewing pornography. No matter what he tried, he always seemed to fall into the same pattern. For Tom, the root causes of his internet porn use were boredom, isolation, […]
Pornography addiction is an uncomfortable topic, and many would rather ignore its prevalence. But in a world where over half of men regularly look at pornography at least once per week, ignoring it would be foolish. It is causing real harm to individuals, marriages, and families and crippling men’s ability to lead as they desire […]