I’ve wondered about this as it’s unsettled within me. I believe in God, & I believer what the Scriptures teach about true love driving out fear, but admittedly this is something that does strike fear in me.
In the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, Ch. 23 - Life of Christ, p. 313, it states the following:
"Sins are evaluated according to their gravity or seriousness. We commit mortal sin when we consciously and freely choose to do something grave against divine law and contrary to our final destiny.
There are three conditions for a sin to be a mortal sin: grave matter, full knowledge, and deliberate consent (freedom). Mortal sin destroys the loving relationship with God that we need for eternal happiness. If not repented, it results in a loss of love and God’s grace and merits eternal punishment in hell, that is, exclusion from the Kingdom of God and thus eternal death."
What then becomes of the indelible mark - the seal at Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
Does God abandon us? Or rather, does this become a situation of us leaving Him by our choice to remain unrepentant?
How am I to understand/reconcile this from a mercy standpoint?
What if the offender intended to repent but died before confession was possible?
When repentant, before & after confession, what happens to the indelible mark? Does God the Holy Spirit leave us?
Trying to better understand.
Thank you in advance.