Did I mortally sin?

So, this is my first forum post, and I appreciate your viewing of this question. A speedy answer would be much appreciated, as I’m not sure what to do

For most of my teenage life, I have struggled with masturbation. I have been fighting the urge to masturbate with varying degrees of success.

Today, I experienced the urge again. It was an incredibly stressful day and the urge was particularly strong. I ended up looking at images on the Internet, stopping myself whenever the thought occurred to me that I should stop and asking God to aid me in my struggle

Well, I failed. I eventually ended up masturbating to an image but before I ejaculated I pulled myself away. Only problem is, my body ejaculated at that moment without my consent.

So, did I commit a mortal sin? I did consent somewhat to the act of viewing images, but I did not want to masturbate. What do I do?

i would greatly appreciate an answer if you all wouldn’t mind.

Yes it’s a mortal sin.

I see several warnings along the way, and several steps to the commission of this sin.

  1. Thoughts of the sin leading to temptation.
  2. Yielding to the temptation, disregarding God and thinking only of the self.
  3. Moving to computer.
  4. Accessing provocative images.
  5. Sinfully viewing those images.
  6. Consenting to the completion of the sinful act.
  7. Carrying out the sinful act.

Deciding to turn away, when it is clear that that what you desired would naturally occur, is too late. We are all tempted. We sin when we choose to entertain rather than resist the temptation. Your chance to avoid mortal sin occurs at step 1. To move beyond this is to sin at some level. Consider: To stand before God and claim that “Well, technically I don’t think I sinned mortally” is not going to have a good outcome.

Rather than stumble along in life from temptation to temptation, now is the time to beg the Lord for the grace to overcome and resist this temptation. The devil knows that this is your weakness and he will send you every manner of similar temptation, no matter where you are. Blaming your body for the sin is like Adam blaming Eve for eating the forbidden fruit. It didn’t work then and it won’t work now.

Masturbation: Mortal Sin?
Dear Grace: What is the Catholic Church’s teaching on masturbation? Is it viewed as a mortal sin or as a venial sin? Could it prevent us from getting into heaven?

To answer this, let us look, first of all, at the Church’s teaching. In 1975, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a Declaration on Certain Problems of Sexual Ethics, and it is this document that the Catechism of the Catholic Church quotes regarding this issue. “Both the Magisterium of the Church, in the course of a constant tradition, and the moral sense of the faithful have been in no doubt and have firmly maintained that masturbation is an intrinsically and gravely disordered action” (CCC# 2352). Whatever the motive, solitary sex in itself contradicts the meaning of human sexuality, which is meant by God to be shared between a man and a woman in marriage.

You ask if masturbation is viewed as a mortal or venial sin. Remember, that for a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met. It has to be a very serious and grave matter, which is committed with full knowledge and with deliberate consent. What we are saying is that for it to be mortal sin, it would have to be done deliberately, knowing that it is not what God wishes for us and without any regard for that. In order to judge the morality of a human act, certain conditions have to be considered. The Church recognizes, for example, that in the practice of masturbation, psychological factors including adolescent immaturity, lack of psychological balance, and even ingrained habit can influence a person’s behavior, and this could lessen or even eliminate moral responsibility.

The condition that many persons claim for their innocence regarding masturbation is habit, and we certainly know how difficult habits are to break. We must keep in mind, however, that habit does not completely destroy the voluntary nature of our acts. As Christians who are going to be held accountable for our actions, we must strive to unite ourselves to the Lord and, therefore, do all we can to curb or eliminate all habits that detach us from Him. So, if a person is masturbating and knows fully that it is wrong, and does it willingly without doing anything to resist, then he or she is guilty of grave sin.

If they are in doubt about the morality of any sexual activity, a person should talk to his or her confessor, a priest. After listening to all of the circumstances and conditions surrounding an individual’s actions, he will make a judgment and give the proper guidance. Sometimes, professional help will have to be sought. But we should be careful with this because some professionals will actually encourage masturbation, and this would be wrong. God knows that we will sometimes fail, but He does expect us to do our best to live according to His ways. He knows when we have done all we can to resist sin. If we have done that and have acknowledged and confessed our sin, then we can rest in the knowledge that we have done our best, and that He will forgive us.

Grace MacKinnon. “Masturbation: Mortal Sin?” (March, 2004).
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Talk to your parish priest. Believe it or not, you are not the first young man to face this problem. You need EXPERT, personal guidance, that would be from your parish priest. Remember, all can be forgiven through Christ.

Good luck. You are in my prayers.

Don’t despair, you are not alone in this particular struggle. Pray and humble yourself. Don’t give up and always bring your weaknesses to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. He will help you, also don’t’ forget to pray everyday to your guardian angel for help in this area.

Fellow Catholic:thumbsup:

You should make an act of contrition

You should speak to the priest who has cura animarum for you – that is to say the priest in your parish church – or another priest if, for example, you are in a school that has a priest-chaplain. It would be much better to do this in the context of confession (in the internal forum) but you certainly could speak to the priest about it in the external forum (wherever you encounter him that is not in confession but allows a discreet conversation)

What I would counsel you not to do is to seek moral evaluations from anonymous internet posters, especially when they are neither priests nor theologians

Potentially, one can receive some useful practical advice…on the other hand, I have seen a lot of comments during my time on this forum that I would in no way count as either useful or helpful

I assure you of my prayers

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One must wonder if the mods have thought of banning these kinds of questions. If not, maybe it is time to consider it?

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