Can someone please give a detailed explanation on venial sins and mortal sins? Please don’t link me to another post (or catechism), because i’ve read all the other ones and still get confused.
For example, if I think a bad thought, or say a badword, but I don’t do it intentionally, is this a sin? Like if I cuss and then immediately regret what I just said? or if I say a lie jokingly to a friend and then immediately say “just kidding!” and we both laugh, is this a sin?
Also, can someone clarify what “gossip” and “talking behind someone’s back means”?
What If I’m talking about someone behind their back, but its nothing bad, or if I’m talking behind their back because I’m worried about them? Is this a sin?
Also, is it a sin to be in a car with a group of people that are gossiping and talking bad about people, but you aren’t participating? Like if they’re gossiping and I’m silent?
Another question, how can some Catholic’s only confess once a year? I find It like nearly impossible to not commit a mortal sin throughout the span of a year? this is something that confuses me, because as humans we do fall, but how do people do it to not feel guilty or ashamed on taking Holy Communion after months and months of venial sins, or not knowing if they committed mortal sins or not?
These are questions that haunt me everyday, and would really appreciate if you could please answer all these points, thank you and God bless!