[font=Comic Sans MS]Quoting MagicSilence…
The OP has shown repentance of the sin. And seeks guidance. It is very good that he has seen sin for what it is. Sin IS disgusting and horrible in whatever form.
Hi there Andre… NeedHelp was only tempted and resisted the tempation, hence there is nothing of sin in it.
Secondly, we are always supposed to follow the teachings of the church. The Church does not abandon us if we fail, but certainly it expects us to always give it our best.
Well said …and NeedHelp has done precisely that, followed the teaching of The Church and resisted the temptation.
Quoting Libero:…Hey need help, firstly do not feel ashamed or disgusted with yourself, you have shown a moment of weakness, that is all.
You make an excellent point I think Libero…NeedHelp does not need to feel shame or disgust, it was merely a temptation and one that was resisted. Every single one of us can be subject to any temptation at any time…and who is to know what we may well be tempted towards at some future point? I hope I will have the fortitude, Faith and courage of NeedHelp and resist any strong temptation that may come my way in future. It may possibly not be the same in nature, but could be equally as serious if not moreso. Who can know?
But NeedHelp, I would underscore that to speak to someone you trust and feel comfortable with is an excellent means of combatting temptation, and especially if that person shows wisdom, holiness and is experienced in counselling and/or direction…such as a priest. Priests who belong to Religious Orders usually have the qualities I mentioned and are certainly skilled in counselling and spiritual direction.