Is it possible to reflect on sin too much?

At the present time, I am finding myself overun by my fear of sin. I’m fixated on it and I am miserable. This can’t possibly be God’s intent. What am I to do? Everywhere I turn, it seems hopeless and full of dispair. Could it be that the only way to Heaven is via suffering greatly in this life and living in misery and fear?


As Father John Corapi says (paraphrasing anyway), “You can lose EVERYTHING, but don’t you dare lose hope.”

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I highly recommend the link entitled “How do I conquer scrupulosity?” and all the other links found within.

Yes, if it causes you to waste the life God gave you.

Thanks. I will do so.

Just to tell you about the frame of mind I’m in, as a published poet, I have compiled a few lines on my current state, all of which is pretty close to literal.

***Pain and suffering
Fill every breath and waking moment
Released only in sleep
If even then I can escape

There is no peace
Only darkness
Only sorrow
Replacing joy***

I do have diagnosed OCD (in combination with ADD) as well.

Great point!


You have no idea how much I truly needed the info from the first post!


Your poem reminds me of my daughter’s poems. She has a book published and almost all of it is poetry, except for a few songs.

She is bi-polar and almost all the poems are very dark. Also they are beautiful in there own way. She is very talented. She also OCD’s on things. It is a very difficult disease to deal with and I feel her life has been wasted in many ways. She can compose beautiful classical music, or could at one time. She is trying to deal with life the best she can.

Please don’t let past sins keep you in pain, I also have two sins that have been forgiven, but for some reason they keep coming up. I believe that Satan likes to toy with us and it is best to know that the Lord has forgiven you and let these things go.

God Bless


Thanks. My biggest issue is knowing that I will repeat sins.

Thankfully, a person can receive the sacrament of reconciliation more than once. :slight_smile: … But as one of the articles said, find a confessor, stick to that confessor, and listen to him.

I also find Fr. Larry Richards’s advice helpful: “Stop focusing on ‘how no good I am’ and instead focus on how all good God is.”

It’s just so hard to comprehend.

That’s called “scruples.”

And you’d be happy to know that you’re not alone. Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus had that problem. So did Martin Luther. (Of course, I hope you take her route instead of his.)

It’s possible to reflect on it too much, but saints have overcome it and so can you. It might be a good idea to read what saints write about their experiences, and hopefully it would help. I’m sure you’ve prayed about it; I suggest you especially ask for help from the Holy Spirit. There’s a marvelous Chaplet of the Holy Spirit here and Teresa of Avila would pray with the beautiful Veni Creator Spiritus hymn (you can find the lyrics, sheet music and a midi version here I’ve been rediscovering lately that the Rosary has also gotten me through anxiety.

I’ve been having a big problem with someone close to me for a few months now and sometimes I can’t sleep because all I can do is think about it. Initially when I prayed for help about it, especially the Rosary, it didn’t help; now when I pray the Rosary about it, help comes instantly. So, hang in there. Saints are made in lifetimes, not minutes.

You might want to get yourself a spiritual director. Take time to choose one (it took me a year until I found one, though as of right now I don’t have one) and ask questions about whichever priest you find; one useful trick is to get close to his secretary then ask about him.

Are you getting professional help with your OCD and ADHD? Working through spiritual problems might be tainted if you have those illnesses in the way.

Getting through this will take a lot of depth, and I think the most anyone on CAF can do is help point to you where to go.

I’ll end this with a quote that’s been helping me:

Nada te turbe,
nada te espante;
todo se pasa,
Dios no se muda.
La pacientia todo lo alcanza.
Quien a Dios tiene nada la falta:
solo Dios basta.

It’s from Teresa of Avila.
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things.
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.

You guys are so amazing, you really are.

Yep, we know :smiley:

And what if I can’t live up to all this :frowning:

You can. You just have to get started. And don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results.

I’m glad you have so much faith in me.

Well having faith in you is the logical step. If you weren’t serious about working on these problems, you wouldn’t have asked for help here. If you weren’t serious about it, I wouldn’t have faith in you. So it only makes sense.

Thanks again.

That’s why God created confession.

He knows you are human and you try your best. If you mess up, you go to confession.
You have to stop letting this eat you up. Just do your best to do what God asks. If God knows that truly in your heart, you are doing your best, that’s all He wants. He knows not all of us have the capacity to become saints, but that is o.k. with God, He made us all different. Besides, if you look at who Jesus chose for His apostles, they were just average and ordinary, (and don’t forget, they all ran out on Jesus, and John was the only one there at the crucifiction) . And look at the lives some of the saints lived before they became saints!!

Don’t be so hard on yourself, and don’t waste the beautiful life God gave you!

Peace my friend

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