Or rather - does the fact that one has venial sins mean that one does not receive the grace of God?
Such would not be correct. One is not only in the State of Grace (true life! in Christ) but one yes receives various graces.
We struggle with such “daily sins” …well* daily.*
Let us though not wait for Confession to seek forgiveness (though let us go often!) for they are forgiven in many ways -contrition, prayer, reading Sacred Scripture, the Mass, Holy Communion, the prayerful use holy water, little short prayers, acts of love etc
Let us pray the Our Father…“forgive us our trespasses…” (in the early Church such was often prayed three times a day.
CCC The first communities prayed the Lord’s Prayer three times a day,18 in place of the “Eighteen Benedictions” customary in Jewish piety. scborromeo.org/ccc/p4s2a1.htm
You are making this a binary (All or Nothing) case when it is not.
Yes even small sins “block” God’s graces…but not fully. Small sins are like the gink that collects in the trap of your sink’s drain. each bit “blocks” the flow of water to an extent - even though water can still pass through. Similarly with God’s grace while small sins block some grace - they don’t completely shut it off.
Likewise even the smallest repentance can reopen the flow of grace…maybe not fully since often times our repentance isn’t perfect - but graces can and do flow.
These are the kind of dilemmas I often find myself in.
It was somewhere in the Diary of St. Faustina that I saw the quote. (Am trying to find it again). And somewhere else reading that even the smallest sin is as scarlet.
Yes, I understand that I sometimes chase myself in circles, which is why I brought the question here. Trying to figure it out in my own head usually leads to more confusion and torment. So I turn to others to help me understand.
I wasn’t asking to be difficult, but in the hopes that someone else could help me to unravel the questions that torment me.
Thanks for your responses.
They’ve been helpful.
Involuntary offences of souls do not hinder My love for them or prevent Me from uniting Myself with them but voluntary offences, even the smallest, obstruct My graces and I cannot lavish My gifts on such souls. (1641)
Does not mean one does not receive graces at all (and remember one is in a State of Sanctifying Grace).
Certainly we need to repent of such if they happen -even if we have to do so daily as we struggle to turn away from a particular deliberate venial sin and live more free in Christ.
Yes deliberate venial sin is what in particular we ought to work by grace against (after mortal of course) - and *repent of such quickly and calmly *if it happens (see my post above). It yes such can impede our progress (thankfully though we can quickly repent if we commit such!). The more one cooperates with grace and the more grace perfects one - the more and more of a saint in Christ one becomes - the more and more profoundly united with him.
Knowing too that without a special grace - we cannot avoid ever committing some venial sins - hence they are called “daily” sins. But we can work to avoid “this sin here”. And let us daily repent --calmly turning with trust to the Lord. And frequenting the Sacraments.
It is good to see a longer description of venial sin -pay attention to the whole:
1863 Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul’s progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not break the covenant with God. With God’s grace it is humanly reparable. “Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness.”
My mind is always going in circles about this stuff.
I know that there have been times in my life when, by God’s grace, I have been able to give up a sin, which confused me, because there would be other sins…
Someone asked me many years ago (not pertaining to religion) if I were “trying to get better, or trying to get perfect?” (as in overnight ‘tada’ perfect). That has dawned on me recently.
Light can shine into darkness, but darkness cannot shine into light.
Sometimes the premise is in one’s own mind and/or misinterpretation.
God put you here to help people clarify and understand.
Thanks for asking though because the question alone caused me to look deeper into the topic.
This makes more sense now.
I am so glad for everyone’s input as I get caught up in these “philosophical dilemmas” and unlike the usual turn, when things are clarified for me, I can (by God’s grace) let go of the argument that is keeping me down.