I have been reading many posts discussing the different types of sin (venial vs. mortal), when/why/how to confess, and when to partake in Communion. I’ve read the catechism’s description of the types of sins, but I’m still very confused.
Any sin that you do consciously is considered a mortal sin? Can you partake in Communion if you have not gone to confession for venial sins? (Let’s say you pray for forgiveness in mass prior to Communion. Does this count even if you are truly sorry?)
I went to mass this morning, but I did not receive Holy Communion. I want to go to confession, and I had every intention of doing so on Saturday. However, I did not go. I also managed to arrange my schedule so that I missed mass yesterday. I knowingly did this even though I really did want to go so I feel that these are mortal sins because it was a conscious decision to put my own selfish priorities above God. I haven’t been to confession in 2 years mostly because (at least until recently) I didn’t think that my minor sins were worth confessing to a Priest. ( I didn’t want to waste his time.) However, I have been doing a lot of research on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and I now realize how important it is. I do want to go to confession. My real concern is that if I haven’t gone, and I have been receiving Holy Communion, then I’ve been committing a mortal sin.
There is no obligation to confess venial sins in The Sacrament of Reconciliation, only mortal sins MUST be confessed. Be that as it may, it is an excellent good habit - the very best of habits - to get into to confess venial sins - while we are never bound to do so in any way.
Confession or Reconciliation is the BEST way to put a spring in your step and loose a quick 10 pounds! The self examination and relection before-hand can be a bit daunting and painful - let’s face it - no-one wants to admit to being prideful or selfish or unkind - especially to themselves, let alone their God; but the relief of absolution is wonderful!
This whole procedure is usually called, from one of its parts, “confession”, and it is said to take place in the “tribunal of penance”, because it is a judicial process in which the penitent is at once the accuser, the person accused, and the witness, while the priest pronounces judgment and sentence.
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“Grave matter” covers a lot of things! First off is the 10 Commandments. Also, things that Jesus said while among us, for instance. “If you look at a woman with lust you have already committed adultery with her in your heart”. So, looking at porn is grave matter and a mortal sin. Same for masturbation.
Other nowaday grave matter/mortal sins according to Scripture and Church teaching (just a sampling):
Getting an abortion, helping someone else get an abortion or supporting abortion rights. This feeds right into using contraceptives, abortifacients, and other birth prevention methods.
Engaging in a homosexual relationship.
Adultery (physical or mental)
Doing illicit drugs or taking prescription drugs for fun.
Getting so drunk you lose control of yourself. This can cause other sins to occur.
Skipping Mass! (you don’t want to go)
Receiving Holy Communion with unconfessed mortal sin staining you.
These are just a quick sampling of some mortal sins people tend to commit nowadays.
Most priests and these forums are a great place to get a quick check on whether an action/thought constitutes grave matter/mortal sin. The Catechism too!
If you aren’t sure if your sins are venial or mortal, if you are in doubt, then take them to confession anyways. It won’t hurt to confess venial sins in confession, and you’re covered. And if you’re not sure, then don’t go to communion until you have confessed. I have a good priest and I regularly discuss problems I"m having as well as my sins in confession, and always get good advise and insight.
IMO, sitting out a communion if you are in doubt of your state of grace is a wise thing to do. It’s hard to do, but it’s wise. And I think if more people did that, instead of just getting in line no matter what, we’d all be better off.