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The Catechism is divided in 4 parts...
Profession of Faith
Life in Christ or Modeling Christ
So, you first have to believe revealed truths and those truths guide you to live a Sacramental life, then you are led to model Christ and in that course you need help and pray.
So, your question has to do with prayer. You are led to pray as part of your belief, Sacramental life and life in Christ....
This comes from the Catechism section on prayer...
If prayer is a response to the calling of God and prayer is asking for help in your Sacramental Life and Life in Christ based on your belief in revealed truths....what are you praying for?
If you accept that Mortal Sin seperates you from God, God still calls and that call is a call to repentance so you can resume
a strengthened profession of Faith
Life in Christ
Prayer to accomplish all of the above....
Does this make sense to you...get hold of the Audio Catechism USA for adults and get Catechized....found on Amazon for about $42.00
Yes, it makes sense, but it does not answer my question. I actually own that book already.
I will use a sin I committed as an example. I was supposed to turn in an essay for my English class. I completely forgot about it. So when my instructor asked for it, I told her it was done, but I forgot to bring it. (Lie #1) She said I could email it to her when class was over. I told her I had work right after class. (Lie #2) She said as long as she had it in her inbox before midnight she'd give me credit for it. So I after class, I went back home, typed up my essay, and emailed it to her. So I lied twice, each time knowing I was lying, and knowing that lying is wrong. But I wanted to cover myself rather than getting a zero. The next morning I kept thinking about it and I began to pray, telling God I was sorry and ashamed that I had lied. I asked for forgiveness for my lies and asked Him to forgive me and to help me to always be honest. I also prayed for help to be more organized and to be a better student so situations likes this wouldn't come up again. In addition, I also prayed my normal prayers I pray everyday and for the people and causes that are important to me. Two days later I went to confession and confessed my lies, along with my other sins.
So question #1. Were the prayers I prayed for forgiveness and for help meaningless in the eyes of God because I was in a state of mortal sin?
Question #2. Were the prayers I prayed for others (both living and deceased) meaningless as well? If I was praying for someone who might be in Purgatory, do they not receive the benefit of my prayers because I'm in a state of mortal sin?
I ask these questions because the way Fr. Vincent phrased his answer makes it sound like, "Yes, prayers are meaningless and will have no effect if you are in a state of mortal sin until you actually go to confession."