I did (fill in the blank), is it a sin?
Can Anyone tell us we sinned? I get asked almost every weekend, is this action a sin. I have to resist just saying, what do you think or would you be asking if it wasn’t. Too many people have the wrong notion of how to determine a sinful act and I know who to blame. I blame years of poor teaching on our part. So when I hear, I did (fill in the blank), is it a sin, I need to do a little teaching first.
Defining sin, people constantly ask, if I am sure. To avoid people thinking I’m making this up, here is the Catechism of the Catholic Church’s definition:
1849 Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. Sin wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity. It has been defined as “an utterance, a deed, or a desire contrary to the eternal law.
To just add a bit more Church talk a mortal sin must meet this conditions:
1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”
So if you ask if something is a mortal sin, I will ask did you intentionally sever your relationship with God? Unless you say yes, it is not a mortal Continue reading “I did (fill in the blank), is it a sin?”