Sorry upfront, I know so many questions revolve around mortal sinning, and now I have one. I work for a large company and we have a gym on the premises. When we pay a small monthly fee we can use the gym. It is a wonderful perk. I consider the gym membership as truly part of my work experience and my job, it’s difficult to separate the two. It is encouraged we use the gym, as many companies understand that healthier employees are better motivated and cost less financially in the medical realm.
Last week, I decided I finally wanted to start writing down my weight-lifting schedule so that I could better track my results, since I felt I was sort of stagnating in increasing weight. I went to our supply cabinet and picked out small notebook to use. I started using it all week for about 4-5 days, and then on Saturday, when I was doing a serious examination of conscience, I realized that I stole it, or at least that is what I felt like I did. I said, it wasn’t mine, it was the company’s. I added it to my list of things to confess. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to confess because ironically, our usually short line of confessors was extremely long (not necessarily a bad thing, right?!) and we had gotten their late because of some other things that happened right before we tried to leave.
Lastly, when I took the notebook, I don’t recall thinking I was stealing, because in the past, other managers have allowed things like that, but I never asked this time, plus it’s not like we are monitored for such small items, but that still doesn’t make it right, so when I examined my conscience, I felt that I realized that because this was for purely personal use, even though it is something our company promotes, I either should have asked, or used my own.
I intended to confess it of course, and I still took communion, because I felt that I had not mortally sinned. So my two questions are, have I mortally sinned because I took it without asking (stealing) and if so, do I now need to confess taking communion in the state or mortal sin? (FYI: I’m going early next Saturday to confession to make sure I am able to get in).