I’m sorry this is another “unforgiveable sin” thread :o
But I came across this quote by St John Vianney (well actually he’s saying the same thing as St Thomas Aquinas here, if you read it in the Summa) - and it’s puzzled me…
Be warned, my dear brethren, that if blasphemy reigns in your homes, all therein will perish. St. Augustine tells us that blasphemy is an even greater sin than perjury because, as he says, by perjury we take the name of God in witness of something which is false, whereas in blasphemy we are saying something false of God. What a crime is this! And who amongst us has ever fully understood it? St. Thomas, again, tells us that there is another kind of blasphemy against the Holy Ghost which can be committed in three ways: 1. By attributing to the Devil the works of Almighty God, as did the Jews when they said that Jesus Christ drove out devils in the name of the prince of devils, as did the tyrants and persecutors who attributed to the Devil and to magic the miracles performed by the saints.
It is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost, St. Augustine tells us, to die in final impenitence. Impenitence is a spirit of blasphemy, since the remission of our sins is achieved through love, which is the Holy Ghost.
- We blaspheme when we perform actions which are directly opposed to the goodness of God – as when we despair of our salvation and yet are not willing to take the necessary steps to obtain it; as when we are angered because others receive more graces than we do. Take great care never to allow yourselves to fall into these kinds of sins because they are so very horrible! In this way we look upon Almighty God as unjust because He gives more to others than He does to us.
It seems like they’re saying here that the unforgiveable sin is not only final impetinence (as St Augustine seems to have believed) but also if someone attributes the work of the Holy Spirit to that of demons, as the Pharisees in Matthew 12. Well I have a sort of an ongoing problem with this whole concept… I am pretty sure that at one point I did this, I mean I was really tempted to believe that something from the Holy Spirit came from the enemy, and I consented, and then consented to rejecting the Holy Spirit. This all happened very quickly, in a few moments, but I did consent. Later on, I felt such horror and I repented and God gave me contrition. Later, I confessed this. My question is: for the past couple of days I’ve been worrying about this part in the Summa and if I can really be forgiven… what did these Saints mean? However I did repent so maybe the unforgiveable sin is when a person sins in this way not in a moment of great temptation, but of their own accord?? I dont know. I was just wondering if anyone had any thoughts. This is all really unfortunate for me because sadly I often get tempted to blasphemy, I am trying very very hard to never consent to these thoughts and do the opposite, but - I did fall that one time and actually consented. It wasn’t just an intrusive thought either, it was like my whole imagination was affected and I felt a hatred towards God, yet didn’t fight it until afterwards