I'm scrupulous and I need guidance about this


So today my aunt asked if I took my flue shot. I said not yet. (However before that I concluded that I wouldn’t get my flue shot and that I might have to lie to her). So when I said ‘not yet’ I guess I lied? A few seconds later I told her the truth but am I in mortal sin again?


If anything it would be a sin of omission. As to it being mortal. Did you do it freely, did you do it knowing it was a sin, did you intend to lie or was it an accident, did you do it with malintent? If yes to all of the above it is technically mortal. But I am also very scrupulous myself and thats how I judge it. It would be venial if it was accidental as it sort of sounds to me.


That’s not a mortal sin because it is not serious matter. It also does not seem to be full in deliberation. You should go to Confession once a week only, and you should not hold any sin you commit to be mortal unless your confessor says it is.


Here is Catechism on it directly:

1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”
1858 Grave matter is specified by the Ten Commandments, corresponding to the answer of Jesus to the rich young man: “Do not kill, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and your mother.” The gravity of sins is more or less great: murder is graver than theft. One must also take into account who is wronged: violence against parents is in itself graver than violence against a stranger. (2072; 2214)
1859 Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God’s law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin. (1734)
1860 Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove the imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are written in the conscience of every man. The promptings of feelings and passions can also diminish the voluntary and free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest. (1735; 1767)
1861 Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God’s forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ’s kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. However, although we can judge that an act is in itself a grave offense, we must entrust judgment of persons to the justice and mercy of God. (1742; 1033)


But if mortal sin requires a grave matter then I guess this scenario, which doesn’t seem like a grave matter, can be excused as a venial sin?


If you don’t meet the 3 criteria above via your story then yes it would be venial. But since I am not in your heart and I am not a priest I can’t make the final call for you.


Joe, I strongly recommend that you bring your anchor of scrupulosity to a holy priest and follow his guidance. It’ll work wonders


Joe get help from your priest not the internet


I got some help a few minutes ago


I don’t think that lying about your flue shot is a mortal sin to begin with


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