Our contemporary culture has created an environment that is ripe for fostering addictions of all types. In this pastoral work by one of the Churchs 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?
Cardinal Justin Rigali, the Archbishop of Philadelphia and former Archbishop of St. Louis, was present during the first two sessions of Vatican II. He has served the Church in many pastoral and diplomatic roles, notably with the Vatican Secretariat of State, the Apostolic Nunciature in Madagascar, and Popes Paul VI, John Paul I, and John Paul IL He is the author of numerous articles. His books include I Call You Friends-The Priesthood: Merciful Love.