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The very fact that it is obligatory for Catholics to make the sacrament of Confession at least once in a year, adequately explains that Confession does work in the form of a spiritual vaccination. After all, one can spend a year without committing mortal sins. So, what does one have to confess but for one's 'lesser sins ' and ideations ?


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While having a sinful desire is not a sin by itself, to willingly dwell in such desires, however — by means of imagination, which amounts to actively listen to the Devil — is a sin. For instance, if you see an object of desire, and immediately are tempted to sin, there is no sin in this: but if you then indulge in imagining the sinful act, then it is a sin, ...


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The reason you don't see "penance" in the Bible is because of a difference in translation: Matthew 3:2 in the English Standard Version, popular among protestants, says: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 in the Douay-Rheims, an English translation of the Latin Vulgate and primarily used by Catholics, says: "Do penance: for the ...


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"Ideations" in the question "Can having 'ideations' to sin ever be mortally sinful?" could mean "passions of the soul," which are causes of sin. Now, can a sin committed through passion ever be mortal? St. Thomas Aquinas explains (Summa Theologica I-II q. 77 a. 8 c.): Mortal sin, as stated above (q. 72, a. 5), consists in turning away from our last end ...


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First and foremost, Confession not a sacrament in which you just list out your sins- of commission and omission- and ask for forgiveness. The sacrament is also meant to help you build up resistance to the sinful nature. For that matter, by confessing that you have knowingly or unknowingly contemplated to commit a sin, be it suicide, murder or theft, you are ...


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On one level, the answer to this question is succinctly provided in the Sermon on the Mount, specifically where the teaching in Matthew 5:27-30 includes "whoever looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery in his heart". But I understand that the degree of sinfulness of suicidal thoughts today might be evaluated with consideration given to ...



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