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ConfusedAndStruggling Carl wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • What should I do if I committed sin right after the sacrament of Confirmation?

I'm just going straight to the point: I have masturbated with porn. I have done this before and I don't know what to do.

  • Should I confess this?
  • Does falling into this sinful activity right after receiving a sacrament make it worse?

Please help me.

Carl

  { What if I sin after Confirmation, does it make it worse, and how does one deal with porn issues? }

Eric replied:

Carl,

Just take it, as you would all your sins, to the sacrament of Confession before you receive your next Holy Communion. That is why it is there.

Sin is not any worse after receiving a sacrament. Be brave and you will receive much grace!

Eric

Paul replied:

Dear Carl,

Like Eric mentioned, the sacrament of Confession is vitally important in the spiritual life. Sinning after Confirmation should not give you extra worry.

The sin you mention should be taken very seriously. Deliberate lust is serious sin in itself, and like drugs and alcohol, this can easily lead to obsession and addiction; the devil's trap.

After Confession, take all reasonable measures to avoid this sin in the future. And always remember the two great spiritual gifts, which should be regularly frequented, that God gave all Catholics to love Him and to fight sin, the sacraments of:

  1. Penance, and
  2. the Eucharist.

Peace,

Paul

Bob replied:

Carl,

Go to Confession as soon as possible. Having fallen so close to Confirmation must surely add to your sense of shame, but it does not objectively change the nature of the sin.

Porn should be treated like heroin or opioid drugs: it has an effect on the brain that can change it, especially during development as in your teen years, and can harm you for the rest of your life. I am not exaggerating, this is based on research. You should find a good Christian friend and form an accountability partner, someone you can trust and confide in when you are feeling tempted, and help you through the tough times. Don't take it lightly; porn is a plague that is destroying relationships and enslaving people.

Get out of the vicious cycle that leads to addiction and get help. Pray for strength and wisdom and God will be there for you; he is not an angry Father waiting to shame you, but a loving savior that wants to free you from slavery and pain.

This is not something to take lightly, but don't worry you are not alone, this porn madness is capturing millions, both and women, and our culture is creating the problem, saying it's okay and then abandoning people to the vice. Don't believe the lie; there is hope in Christ and you can be free.

Confession is the first step.

Peace,

Bob

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