I am having a tough time discerning between mortal and venial sins, or whether I have committed a sin at all. This is mortal sin by definiton which i agree with:
1.Its subject must be a grave (or serious) matter.
2.It must be committed with full knowledge, both of the sin and of the gravity of the offense (no one is considered ignorant of the principles of the moral law, which are inborn as part of human knowledge, but these principles can be misunderstood in a particular context).
3.It must be committed with deliberate and complete consent, enough for it to have been a personal decision to commit the sin.
lets use examples:
lets say george is in a store and he sees something he wants… he knows in his mind that it is grave matter (thou shall not steal)… 2. he knows that it is with full knowledge, knows that it is sin and the graity will seperate him from god 3. he physically steals the object with complete consent , as a personal deciion
now my example:
I was pondering verses of the proverbs in relation to morality… and using the verses in the proverbs started thinking about something… then after that good thought i had a thought (im unsure if it was satan or me about someone)… then i dismissed all thoughts and now im here
surely i could not have committed a mortal sin? i dont know … if i have committed a mortal sin i am scared that i can be seperated from god so easily without even wanting to
im bad at discerning