I have recently fallen back into a very frustrating pattern of mortal sin (masturbation and viewing of erotic materials) which I was away from for nearly a year (the first time since I was very young). It is only since I became Catholic that I have been able to avoid this for any decently long stretch of time…
I am making confessions at every opportunity, and trying my best to overcome this. I know that I have a tendency to fall back in to this when I am stressed or depressed, and so I am working on those two triggers, as well.
It might sound strange, but through this process, it has struck me that most people in the world are in mortal sin - and it breaks my heart when I think about it.
What can help me learn to come to grips with this terribly grim fact?