I was thinking about one of the qualifiers for mortal sin–the “complete consent” clause.
How often do we truly give complete consent to commit a grave action? Many grave acts–lustful ones, physical attacks, etc., are performed in a state of overwhelming emotion. Either we are presented with a beautiful woman and our control is lost or we shout and rage at something someone has said because we are so furious.
Even if we know in our hearts that an action is grave, often, in the moment, we are not really in control of ourselves. How can we be sure that such actions are truly mortal sins?
Sorry for the lack of specifics, it’s rather difficult to describe. But I think most people will understand what I mean.