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Carl wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Is it true that if someone thinks an action is grave matter and does it with full knowledge and consent, then a sin, that would normally be venial, becomes mortal?
  • What if the actual gravity of an action was debated prior to going through it?
  • More specifically, what if the person had debated whether or not the circumstances would make it grave matter, all prior to the moment of the action?

As the person sinned, (all in a period of five seconds), they did have a thought that it was a mortal sin and most of the debate occurred after the act took place.

From that point on, the person struggled to actually trace their thought process during their sin.

  • What should this person do?

Carl

  { When does a sin, that would normally be venial, become a mortal sin? }

Mike replied:

Hi Carl,

Thanks for the questions.

You said:

  • Is it true that if someone thinks an action is grave matter and does it with full knowledge and consent, then a sin, that would normally be venial, becomes mortal?

Yes.

You said:

  • What if the actual gravity of an action was debated prior to going through it?
  • More specifically, what if the person had debated whether or not the circumstances would make it grave matter, all prior to the moment of the action?

Constructive debate within a person would increase the capability of the offense, if it is committed. The action itself is a sin. Temptation is not a sin but that bastard satan trying to get us to sin.

You said:
As the person sinned, (all in a period of five seconds), they did have a thought that it was a mortal sin and most of the debate occurred after the act took place.

From that point on, the person struggled to actually trace their thought process during their sin.

  • What should this person do?

If they are unsure whether it is a mortal sin or not, treat it like a mortal sin. Our Lord knows all and will give you the required grace in Confession not to commit that sin again. If one is having a hard time making a firm purpose of amendment for any type of sin, ask for that in Confession by saying something like:

Father I would also like to ask for a better firm purpose of amendment not to commit [blah-blah-blah] habitual sins.

I hope this helps,

Mike

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