I was thinking back to the times when I actively engaged in mortal sin prior to a deeper conversion of my heart. If I died back then, I might have went to hell. So it seems possibly that time can be a factor if I had mortal sin in my life based the following three prerequisites? Or maybe since God knows how much time we will get in this life to repent, it is proportionate to His perfect Love, Mercy, and Justice (mystery?).
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."131 - scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c1a8.htm
Wouldn’t it be suffice to say the last two, since if a person has full knowledge of their grave mattered sin, being grave matter, it doesn’t need to be reinstated? That is really a side question.
IV. ERRONEOUS JUDGMENT
1790 A human being must always obey the certain judgment of his conscience. If he were deliberately to act against it, he would condemn himself. Yet it can happen that moral conscience remains in ignorance and makes erroneous judgments about acts to be performed or already committed.
1791 This ignorance can often be imputed to personal responsibility. This is the case when a man "takes little trouble to find out what is true and good, or when conscience is by degrees almost blinded through the habit of committing sin."59 In such cases, the person is culpable for the evil he commits.
1792 Ignorance of Christ and his Gospel, bad example given by others, enslavement to one’s passions, assertion of a mistaken notion of autonomy of conscience, rejection of the Church’s authority and her teaching, lack of conversion and of charity: these can be at the source of errors of judgment in moral conduct.
1793 If - on the contrary - the ignorance is invincible, or the moral subject is not responsible for his erroneous judgment, the evil committed by the person cannot be imputed to him. It remains no less an evil, a privation, a disorder. One must therefore work to correct the errors of moral conscience.
1794 A good and pure conscience is enlightened by true faith, for charity proceeds at the same time "from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith."60
The more a correct conscience prevails, the more do persons and groups turn aside from blind choice and try to be guided by objective standards of moral conduct.61 - [scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c1a6.htm](http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c1a6.htm)
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. - scborromeo.org/ccc/p3s1c1a8.htm
Seems the highlight quote above, we all have the moral law on our hearts, so it is our emotions and feelings that may reduce a mortal sin to a venial or no? sin, so to go to purgatory and then heaven?
MY MAIN QUESTION THAT MIGHT NOT BE ANSWERABLE:
Maybe it all boils down to that God is the ultimate judge.
I was watching a lot of documentaries of the young women who were overseers and reading on this link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Female_guards_in_Nazi_concentration_camps about their lives. I was fascinated in the crimes against humanity and maybe more so that women could carry them out in such a manner, not sure why, probably because it is usually men that are the aggressors. After doing this for about a week or so, it just made me so much more aware of the sin that is in the world. I was thinking about my own sin and their sins, and why they did some of the things they did and if they had more time in this life they might have repented, if they didn’t. Hopefully, they did. But if they didn’t, is it possible that even with such mortal sins they can go to heaven, since they might not have been aware of them?
Also, I am not quite sure the difference between invincible ignorance and unintentional ignorance.
Just trying to better make sense of God’s plan for salvation of humankind. Any thoughts are welcome!