Lenten Reading Notes

The Return of the Prodigal Son (1773) by Pompeo Batoni

7 Secrets of Confession by Vinny Flynn: Secret Three-Your Sin is Different from My Sin

  • The Church classifies some sins as mortal and some as venial. This is to guide us; help form our conscience.
  • There are actions that are intrinsically evil. It is always wrong.
  • Sins are not the same for everyone. What is sinful for one person may not be sinful for another person.
  • What is a mortal sin for one person may be a venial sin for another.
  • Every sin is a personal rejection of the specific, unique, and intimate relationship with God to which we are called.
  • Venial sin weakens or wounds the charity in us. Mortal sin destroys the charity in us.
  • What makes a sin mortal: 1. The action is a grave violation, 2. The person knows how serious the action is, how opposed it is to God’s law, 3. The person deliberately does the action anyway.
  • To what extent have I wounded the love God put inside me? To what degree have I separated myself from right relationship with God?
  • According to Church teaching, the degree of responsibility or culpability that I bear for committing a grave offense may be “mitigated” (diminished) by various circumstances.
  • Even though we can judge a person’s actions as a serious offense, ultimately God has the final judgement.
  • Christ calls each of us, not merely to avoid major sin, but to seek God with all our heart.
  • We must think of the things we have failed to do.
  • Each of us is called to “always do what is pleasing” to God by responding to Him, moment-by-moment, in whatever ways He is calling us to respond. Not to do so is sin.
  • What it comes down to is loving God ans seeking Him with your whole heart-not just avoiding sin, but longing to do His will in all things.
  • Keep the Ten Commandments, but also as Mary said, “Do whatever he tells you.”
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