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    1. ”I glorify You in making known how good You are towards sinners, and that Your mercy prevails over all malice, that nothing can destroy it, that no matter how many times or how shamefully we fall, or how criminally, a sinner need not be driven to despair of Your pardon…It is in vain that Your enemy and mine sets new traps for me every day. He will make me lose everything else before the hope that I have in Your mercy.” – St. Claude de la Colombiere.

  1. Hi Matt,

    If a person falls to the sin of the flesh, should he not receive communion? I have read the Catechism and I believe it states that if it’s a grave sin then the person shouldn’t. However my confessor said that I should receive communion and pray for the grace to overcome the addiction. Thoughts?

    1. We must refrain from receiving the the Eucharist if we believe we have committed mortal sin.

      The Catechism of the Catholic Church states in paragraph 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.”

      masturbation and/or pornography constitute grave matter. If they are committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent then it is mortal. If this is the case the one must approach the sacrament of confession prior to receiving the Eucharist.

      1. Thanks for the reply Matt.

        I have read that in the Catechism before but I always found it difficult to discern if it was deliberate consent or not. I see two cases here:

        1) The individual who has full knowledge (knows that it is wrong in front of God) yet willfully chooses to ignore the teaching and also willfully performs the action without guilt as if he/she has fully chosen in their heart to do so just for the pleasure of it.

        2) The individual who has full knowledge but un-willfully still performs the act. In other words, there is a feeling that the habit is what is taking control (like a machine) where the person’s will is saying to stop but the action still takes place.

        Would you say these cases are different or both still constitute “deliberate consent”?

  2. Its so strange you’ve posted this blog as I am going to confession tomorow to talk about a certain few things, and you know what? I am so scared of the priest turning around and saying, “no actually, you are not forgiven.” Im pretty sure he’s not going to, but theres always that little voice in the back of your mind saying “what if?”

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