Not too long ago I posted a thread asking for suggestions on how to overcome attachment to venial sin.
Examples might be things such as cussing, eating too much, shopping too much, watching inappropriate shows on TV - things that are hard to let go of because maybe they aren’t all bad, or don’t start out bad, or they seem to help relieve the tensions of life’s frustrations in some way.
So it’s difficult - I’ll speak for myself here - to really mean it when I know it’s crossed the line into sin, or is a habit in need of breaking, or isn’t leading me down a spiritually healthy path.
I’m aware that the things like my examples are in some ways more difficult to eradicate permanently than mortal sins. One is tempted to think to try to get rid of them would be to become some perfectionistic, scrupulous freak. Or one just knows oneself well enough to know those temptations are hard to resist.
Then there’s that business about having to confess them over and over - if you embark on a campaign to eliminate these venial sins it can be embarrassing to confess them, and uncomfortable in that you aren’t really sure you’ll do any better the next time, so you get tempted to just forget the whole thing and allow them to continue.