Create in Me a Clean Heart

"A clean heart create for me, God."  (Ps 51:12)

We are created with a desire to love and be loved.  We long to be known, understood and accepted for who we are.  Ultimately, God alone is capable of such perfect knowledge and love.  Yet, authentic intimacy in marriage offers a glimpse of this happiness, at least in a finite way.

Pornography, in contrast, distracts us from our call to love.  When we are preoccupied with pornography, our mind and heart easily lose sight of what holds real value, including those who are close to us.  All addictions, and in particular pornography, affect our relationship with God, a relationship that rests largely on the development of trust and obedience in childhood.

Create in Me a Clean Heart (Spanish) is a pastoral response by the U.S. Bishops to pornography.

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Additional Resources

For Your Marriage  Por Tu Matrimonio
Pornography as a Challenge for Marriage
Help for Men and Women Struggling with Pornography Use
How to Strengthen Your Marriage after Porn Addiction
Women and Online Pornography
The Pornography Epidemic:  A Catholic Approach
Overcoming Pornography Addiction:  A Spiritual Solution

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) - Create in Me a Clean Heart
Clean Heart Pamphlet Series