I went to Mass yesterday and took part in the sacrament. I don’t know if I was in mortal sin or not but during adoration I didn’t feel the spirit of God (or Jesus) which ever it’s supposesd to be. My prayer does me good. I feel bad about it now. Should I go to confession again and confess to that I took part in Mass with grave matter maybe sin on my mind?
If you show me where in Church doctrine it says that it’s a mortal sin to not “feel” God’s presence in the Mass, then I’ll tell you to go to confession.
Talk to your priest and resolve your doubts; there is no need to go to confession over this.
You don’t need to be in mortal sin to experience the full graces of confession. It was rumored that JPII went to confession daily.
Spiritual dryness does not necessarily denote absence of sanctifying grace. Quite the contrary, sometimes it denotes the very opposite.
However, this sounds like something you may want to discuss with your confessor He may give some good advice for your peace of mind.
Huh, Where else would you go with a grave matter on your mind. I agree with the poster who said just talk this over with your pastor or confessor. Lots of serious things are grave but not sins. Maybe they are, but Jesus helps us get to where we need to go in that case - again, to a sound spiritual guide.
You are being rather evasive.
Grave matter…what on earth do you mean? Were you doubting the Real Presence, having lustful thoughts…etc…etc? One presumes you know what a mortal sin is? If you were not in a state of grace then indeed you need to confess.
Indeed one is always amazed at the throng of folk who regularly participate in the RC Communion Rite. Once these people would only ‘receive’ the Blessed Host at Easter or Christmas they were in so much awe of the Divine Presence. Has that now totally disappeared from the Catholic Church and with it, that devotion?
“We must not, avoid communion because we deem ourselves to be sinful. We must approach it more often for the healing of the soul and the purification of the spirit, but with such humility and faith that considering ourselves unworthy . . . we would desire even more the medicine for our wounds. Otherwise it is impossible to receive communion once a year, as certain people do . . . considering the sanctification of heavenly Mysteries as available only to saints. It is better to think that by giving us grace, the sacrament makes us pure and holy. Such people manifest more pride than humility . . . for when they receive, they think of themselves as worthy. It is much better if, in humility of heart, knowing that we are never worthy of the Holy Mysteries we would receive them every Sunday for the healing of our diseases, rather than, blinded by pride, think that after one year we become worthy of receiving them.” - St John Cassian (Conference 23, Chapter 21) (c. AD 360 – 435)
What you say is true but if you are in mortal sin after culpability and such is looked at, and we are in sin then the host becomes like partaking of death. Instead of medicine. I was tempted to look at pornography. It will come off the computer soon. That is grave matter and possibly mortal sin. Also venial sin is forgiven by the Mass. Maybe better safe than sorry.
I am sorry. I was speaking to tobbias88 concerning the disappearance of people only communing once or twice a year. You are correct billcu, you should never partake of the Eucharist if you are in a state of mortal sin.
Temptation is not a sin unless you choose to participate in it. If it was just thought flashing in your mind but you rejected, then there is no sin.
A perfect example of a grave matter that might be a mortal sin is the matter of masturbation. People do this under stress and anxiety, there are culpability circumstances too in this one. That’s why I am saying that there are examples that might or might not be mortal sin but are grave matter. As mentioned by the CCC.
I see. I agree.
My Pastor (confessor) just emailed me back and said the rule of thumb is when in doubt stop in for confession.