Addiction is a powerful and dangerous force in our world. And, unfortunately, many people who know this don’t always have our best interests at heart.

Not only does our culture suffer from the obvious addictions like drugs, alcohol, and pornography, but also to seemingly ‘less harmful’ things like social media and sugary foods.

These ‘products’ are created and developed to keep us coming back for more. It’s not underplaying the seriousness when we use the expression ‘enslaved by addiction.’

It’s also not coincidence that popular culture tries to push the idea that it is under the yoke of religion that people are enslaved – not any highly-touted pillars of secular society like social media.

But, it is in faith where we discover the truth about ourselves and our purpose. It is only in this context that we experience true freedom – the freedom to be who we were created to be.

And, in the pursuit of ‘the person we were created to be,’ our ‘addictions’ should not be to the things that leave us empty, but to the things that leave us full – faith, the sacraments, the Eucharist, good books, friendship, etc.

When we experience this kind of fullness, let’s pray for the desire to always come back for more.

 

Be the Men,

 

Mark

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