Is being habitually tardy -- late for things from anywhere from a few minutes to more -- sinful? Why or why not? I think it is for several reasons.
* If you are late, you have lied. Saying you will be someplace implies you will be there on time. If you choose (and I stress the word choose) not to be there on time (barring true emergency) to be late, you are not a person of your word. * It is uncharitable and not considerate of the other person's time. Which is disrespectful of a person, which is sinful.
One friend said her priest said being late is not sinful. Perhaps not mortal sin, but I'd say it probably usually is a venial sin. Your thoughts?
PS While habitually late people annoy me, I can deal with it and have learned to use those minutes wisely
PPS Also along these lines, I suppose it would be prudent to consider what a person means. When I say I will be at the youth group meeting which starts at 6, what I mean is that I will be there, in my seat, ready to go at 6. When YOU say you will be there, perhaps what YOU mean is that you will be pulling into the parking lot at 6 and in your seat ready to go at 6:15. If that is what YOU mean, then you are true to your "word". Just that you and I have a different understanding of what "I'll be there" means.