Full Knowledge with a time crunch! Holy Communion


#1

Hi y’all!

I’ll try to keep it short for you guys, but first a little backstory! I know that to commit a mortal sin you need full knowledge, complete consent, and it has to be grave matter. Also, I am aware that if you are unsure if something is grave matter or not that you have the obligation to find out if it is before you act. I was in a spot where I didn’t know if doing something would be grave matter or not, but I did not have a sufficient amount of time to think through if it would be grave before performing the act, an act which if I didn’t do could be seen as uncharitable. So I did it in a state of mind kind of like “This could be grave matter and I know I should look this up if I can but I don’t have time to!” It’s not like I had time and just put it off, it was a situation that was presented to me that I tried to think through but the situation came before I could reach a conclusion.

Also, sorry if this is super vague but I don’t want to tell y’all exactly all my sins!

When I had time, after doing my action I thought through whether or not it would be grave and discovered it would not have been, but I know that doesn’t impact whether I sinned or not at the moment I committed an act.

Is doing something like what I described a couple paragraphs above still a mortal sin? I ask with a sense of urgency because I would like to receive Holy Communion tomorrow if possible, and to get to Confession I would have to wait another week.

Thank y’all so much!!! :slight_smile:


#2

y’all need to talk to a priest.


#3

Ok, I get it with the y’all. :slight_smile:

I don’t know about my access to a priest in a one on one context tomorrow and I would like to receive tomorrow. Priests are probably really busy on Sunday too. Might just have to sit this one out and wait for Confession next Saturday.


#4

I’m with Clare on this one – talk with a priest.

Nothing wrong with making a spiritual communion if you’re not sure – it shows your deep love for Our Lord in not wishing to offend Him further if you are not in a state of grace.

Personally, I’ve chosen not to receive more times than I can remember due to either knowledge of grave sin, or the possibility of grave sin – not out of scrupulosity, just out of uncertainty. In those cases, I make a spiritual communion and get my rear end in the confession line ASAP.

God bless you, dear.

Gertie


#5

Best advice I’ve heard.

Communion should never be a source of anxiety or tension.


#6

:thumbsup:


#7

That’s what I would do. Cross your arms and receive a blessing .


#8

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