Does God hate people who commit mortal sin?

I was under the impression that mortal sins are sins that destroy all love and charity within the soul, and therefore, entail the abandonment of charity to commit them. In other words, mortal sins are heartless and cruel acts that render one having abandoned the love of God.

It is said, however, that when one commits a mortal sin, he is out of the state of grace. Does this mean that God hates the person who commits a mortal sin, and God does so by withdrawing his grace from that person, having no more favor upon that person and desiring to condemn that person to hell?

Dear friend,

St. Paul writes in Rm 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” While He hates the sin, He loves the sinner as He demonstrated on Good Friday. No one can out-sin His love. His love for us is far greater than any sin we can commit. Even though mortal sins destroy one’s ability to merit good, it can not constrain God in the least. Even in mortal He can give us grace. This is what happens when we are moved to repent. He didn’t suffer and die that we might be lost. He endured much suffering that we be saved. What have you been reading? Whatever it is, it doesn’t sound Catholic.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.

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