Dear Texas Roofer:
Unfortunately, your post does not help.
I am struggling with the same question, and have posted in the Moral Theology Forum under the title “Missing Mass - Mortal sin, venial sin, or no sin at all.”
You state “As sin is on a continuum no one knows when you cross from mortal from venial.”
As I understand it, we are only required to confess mortal sins. If no one knows whether a sin is mortal or venial, how do we know which sins we are obliged to confess? If, during confession, the priest tells us to confess only our mortal sins, how do we obey? What if we make a mistake - is that mistake mortal, or venial, or no sin at all?
One of the ten commandments states we shall not bear false witness. How do we know if our lie is “minor?” We are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves. How do we know whether our gossip is “petty.” Why would enjoying a neighbor’s misfortune be venial?
How do we balance the Church’s command to attend Mass every Sunday against Christ’s statement that “the sabbath is made for man, man is not made for the sabbath.” Why would Christ die to give us his Body and Blood, and then condemn us to Hell for giving in to human weakness and sleeping in on Sunday once a year? Where is the balance between an unhealthy obsession with following the rules, and an equally unhealthy abdication of our responsibility to lead a Christian life?
I think this is an important question, but so far my other post hasn’t gotten many responses. :shrug: