- I know totally missing Mass is a sin, and I accept that. But if a person comes late, how late is too late, that it becomes a sin? Is there a particular point in The Mass where ones lateness is de facto a sin, a mortal sin or venial sin?
I don’t know if there is a cutoff point, but I’d be there before the Gospel.
It’s also my understanding that being late for Mass at any point before that is a venial sin, and in certain circumstances that may not even be the case. But as a priest once told me, “it is our responsibility to see to it that we make it to Mass”.
The following link says that at some point during the Offertory is when Catholics should be present.
- I like try to eat healthy, if I am a patron to a Halal Food Store would that be a sin? To me it wouldn’t be to far-fetched that they would give their money to their particular religious agenda yet I just like their food not out of religious position but because I know the food doesn’t have too many preservatives or what have you.
I think this depends a lot on** intention**. For instance (as example a priest once told me about), you could be shopping a at store that sells condoms and by shopping there you are giving them business and helping them stay open, but what you are supposed to do? Go without food and medicine?
If it’s your intention to help another non-Catholic religion in this way or a business because it supports anti-Catholic positions, then the conversation gets a whole lot more interesting.
If you want more concrete, morally justified positions, seek out some qualified spiritual direction or your confessor.