Let the Oppressed Go Free: Breaking the Bonds of Addiction

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Basilica Press, 2009 - Drug addiction - 80 pages
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Our contemporary culture has created an environment that is ripe for fostering addictions of all types. In this pastoral work by one of the Church's leading prelates, Cardinal Justin Rigali gives insights to the very nature of addictions. He explains the spiritual and physical ramifications of addictions and goes on to teach how the Church offers hope and help for both those who are struggling with addiction and to their family and loved ones. In an easy to read and understandable format this booklet explains: What is an addiction, what causes an addiction and what is the cycle of addiction? How addictions can take the form of chemical substances, sensations or activities and how to know if one is addicted? Is there a cure for addiction? What role can prayer and the sacraments play in helping those who struggle with addiction?

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With so few books written these days by the Clergy this small easy to read guide is a great tool. Written by Cardinal Justin Rigali in late 2007-09 time period, it describes addictions, causes, and the importance of prayer. It quotes scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and addresses whether addiction is a sin and what type of sin it might be.
This guide should be in every Priest and Deacon's tool box!
- Michael Kern
Trinity Prayer Grp
Saint Charles, MO

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