Mark-Philadelphia, PA

The Samson Retreat has made me realize that I’ve been attacked by the evil spirit ever since I was a little boy. At the age of 6, I was physically and mentally abused by a Catholic nun. At the age of 9,  my sexual addiction began. Shortly after, at the age of 10, I started to drink alcohol; sneaking beers from my father’s beer fridge. When I turned 14, I started smoking marijuana and spiraling out of control! All this caused anger, anxiety, and confusion. I would fight if provoked or seek sexual contact for comfort.

     Both my parents are from Ireland, so I was raised with a strong Catholic upbringing. I was blessed to have the mother I did. If I didn’t have her love and support, I don’t know where I would be today. My father was an alcoholic, who was battling demons of his own. Although I knew he loved me, it was hard for him to show it to me.
     I met my beautiful wife in 1998. I knew God planned for us to be together from the first time I laid eyes on her. I just knew she was the one! We got married in 2003 and eventually had three beautiful children. The only problem was, my emotional scars never went away. I was still an alcoholic, pot smoker and expecting my wife to fill my sexual desires. We were on the verge of divorce. I was not willing to believe that had anything to do with me!! Filled with so much anger I became verbally abusive to her and my children.
     I can honestly say if it wasn’t for the Samson Retreat, I do not know how things would have turned out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a work in progress. I know that Jesus Christ is with me and helps me everyday! I now respect my wife and children. There are no more unrealistic desires running through my head. I have also drastically cut down on alcohol and my marijuana consumption. There’s no doubt that one day I will be broken from these chains. God is patient therefore so am I!