Confession question

Ok, so I know many things are sins, almost everything I feel like. However, what if I don’t know if something is a sin or not, should I confess just in case? And, in the case of mortal sin… I know you have to have full knowledge or consent , so does that mean if I know something is a sin, like lets gossiping, but i still do it… is that a mortal sin? Even though I try to not do it. ???

Check it out – from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

1854 Sins are rightly evaluated according to their gravity. The distinction between mortal and venial sin, already evident in Scripture,129 became part of the tradition of the Church. It is corroborated by human experience.

1855 Mortal sin destroys charity in the heart of man by a grave violation of God’s law; it turns man away from God, who is his ultimate end and his beatitude, by preferring an inferior good to him.

Venial sin allows charity to subsist, even though it offends and wounds it.

1856 Mortal sin, by attacking the vital principle within us - that is, charity - necessitates a new initiative of God’s mercy and a conversion of heart which is normally accomplished within the setting of the sacrament of reconciliation:

When the will sets itself upon something that is of its nature incompatible with the charity that orients man toward his ultimate end, then the sin is mortal by its very object . . . whether it contradicts the love of God, such as blasphemy or perjury, or the love of neighbor, such as homicide or adultery. . . . But when the sinner’s will is set upon something that of its nature involves a disorder, but is not opposed to the love of God and neighbor, such as thoughtless chatter or immoderate laughter and the like, such sins are venial.130
1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent."131

1858 Grave matter is specified by the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the answer of Jesus to the rich young man: "Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother."132 The gravity of sins is more or less great: murder is graver than theft. One must also take into account who is wronged: violence against parents is in itself graver than violence against a stranger.

1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart133 do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin.

1860 Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest.

1861 Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God.

1862 One commits venial sin when, in a less serious matter, he does not observe the standard prescribed by the moral law, or when he disobeys the moral law in a grave matter, but without full knowledge or without complete consent.

1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul’s progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the covenant with God. With God’s grace it is humanly reparable. "Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness."134

While he is in the flesh, man cannot help but have at least some light sins. But do not despise these sins which we call “light”: if you take them for light when you weigh them, tremble when you count them. A number of light objects makes a great mass; a number of drops fills a river; a number of grains makes a heap. What then is our hope? Above all, confession.135

In short, no, gossiping would not normally be a mortal sin. In general, gossip would not fall under the category of “grave matter” – but it could be grave, under certain circumstances. Maybe you spread gossip you know to be false, and do it in such a way that it causes grave harm to another. Well, that might bump gossip up to a mortal sin.

Gertie

Venial sins are never mortal sins. !!
Good Catholics just don’t commit mortal sins, its controdictory, it just isn’t possible for a good catholic to commit a mortal sin. The mortal sin is a deliberate sin against the ten commandments and against God.
You know that its a mortal sin, and do it anyway because you refuse the word of God in His commandments. You refuse the love of God, and chose the love of the devil instead.
It is not easy to commit a mortal sin.!!
If you do, doubt God, curse His name, refuse to honor Him on the Sabbath Day, refuse to honor your own parents, you steal and kill, and lust after and commit adultery, and bear false witness, with the understanding that its against the law of God, and you do it any way with full will and understanding, you will burn in hell for eternity, unless, you realize your mistakes and truly repent of you sin and confess it in confession to the Catholic priest,
the priest will ask Jesus to forgive you and give you absolution. The sin you committed will
be completely removed, as if it never happened.!! Thanks be to God for these great gifts of confession.!!:):):):):):):):slight_smile:

:bigyikes: Yes they do. What makes them good Catholics is that they repent, confess and reform their lives.

Betsy

Girl, you got that right! :thumbsup:

Gossiping is only a mortal sin if its to hurt some one and its a lie, bearing false witness is a mortal sin. Everything that isn’t to the honor and glory of God could be a sin, but you don’t have to confess them unless they are dilibrate mortal sins, , you would be there all day. Even the great saints committed venial sins. Ask the priest if its a mortal sin and what makes it a mortal sin.
Committing the same mortal sin and confessing it every week and not stopping makes a mockery out of the sacrament of confession.

Right then they are good catholic girtls. Confessing the same mortal sin over and over again makes you a non-cathiloc.

They reform their lives and don’t committ anymore mortal sins.

Does that apply to yourself as well? I’m so glad it only takes you one try to overcome a terrible sinful habit. Please don’t be shocked to find that for others, it sometimes takes a while. Does the phrase, “seventy times seven” mean anything to you?

Betsy

Then count me a non-Catholic. But I will keep going to confession, and keep making the efforts to resist sin, and keep praying, and keep going to confession, and keep fixing my eyes on Him, and keep going to confession…

Hopefully, with God’s continuous abundance of grace, someday I will be a Catholic in your opinion. :rolleyes: But until that day, there is confession, thanks be to God and His merciful love. For some reason, He loves me and wants me :heart:

Gertie

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