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.”