[quote="ParvaDei, post:1, topic:299434"]
I was just wondering:
If a person is known to be scrupulous (especially if the confessor indicates this during Confession) and yet thinks that s/he has committed a mortal sin even though it may not be so (e.g. s/he thinks that just by having a stray blasphemous thought, they're in deep trouble with God), would it be better practice to:
*]Have Communion and get Confession later?
*]Just not go to Communion and wait until his/her next Confession?
I know that both will have their advantages and disadvantages, and I don't want to promote scrupulosity by any means, but I wanted to see what you all think.
Thanks again! :)
Doubting worthiness will cause problems as well. But being conscious of grave sin is not the same as being doubtful of grave sin, so I can see why the priest advised the other poster to receive. Of course we are not required to receive the Holy Eucharist, except once a year so the exceptions do not seem to apply in the canon 916.
1983 CIC 916. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to celebrate Mass or receive the body of the Lord without previous sacramental confession unless there is a grave reason and there is no opportunity to confess; in this case the person is to remember the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition which includes the resolution of confessing as soon as possible.
When it comes to any sinful thoughts, they may occur numerous times without serious sin if we discard them as soon as realized. If one has a psychological disorder which brings automatic thoughts, their occurrence is not under the direction of the will.