I was listening to Called To Communion with Dr. David Anders today and he answered a question from a caller that said a Catholic dogma asserts that one can’t be certain if they have received grace. He references 1 Corinthians 4 to back this up.
This section can be found at the time frame of 39:25 - 44:00 on the following link here on EWTN’s youtube channel
This has kind of scared me to death, because it sounds like that he is saying that even if one is fully confident they have not committed a mortal sin, they can still go to hell. As most of you already know, I am very scrupulous and this seems to completely contradict what I’ve been taught that “unless you know for certain that you deliberately committed a grave act with full knowledge and consent, then it’s not a mortal sin. If there is any doubt, it is not a mortal sin.”
I understand that scruples are kind of in a different boat, but it still seems to imply that a Catholic can never be assured that they are saved because they don’t know if they actually have mortal sins on their soul or not. Their salvation is a guessing game and even if they do a serious examination of conscious and can’t think of any unrepentant sin of grave matter they committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent…it won’t matter, because they can still be in a state of mortal sin anyway due to some obscure and not fully manifest evil inclination.
Am I reading into this wrong?