[quote="Moonbug, post:6, topic:337725"]
Oh, Fiddle-De-Dee! Aren't we dealing with nothing more than a storm in a tea pot, here. This sweet old grandma wasn't telling a calculated lie, she was merely dodging a perceived moment of shame she felt in the confessional. She had genuine, heart-felt sorrow for her sin, and she reacted on impulse because of her shame. You are looking at this with black and white eyesight. There are many shades of gray to sin.
Jesus took heat for the twelve apostles who plucked grain on the sabbath and for not washing their hands before eating, all sins against the "Old Law."
What sweet old grandma? The OP is a guy in his twenties. :confused: Anyway, I agree with your thoughts on this. It was, at the least a very minor sin. One that he'll not have to confess and which will be forgiven when he next receives the Eucharist.
But the habitual sin he confessed, that's the real problem that needs to be dealt with. One must ask oneself why do I keep on doing this when I know it's grave sin? Being that it's habitual that does mitigate one's guilt, but it must be resolved. I think some professional counseling may be needed to deal with it--it sounds like it may be an addiction to porn or other such stimulus. So, dear OP, please seek help for that instead of obsessing over lying about being one year younger than you are. ;)