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Catholic Spiritual Direction

Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Fr. Mullady, Mortal, Sin

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Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh Editor’s note:  It is our great pleasure to welcome Father Brian Mullady OP to our writing team.  He is a professor, preacher and retreat master, who has authored three books, and is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life.  Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! It is a moral truth that “if we don’t know something is wrong, it may remain a... Read More

Sexual thoughts – how can I understand them in light of my faith? Part II of II

August 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Lust, Mortal, Sin

I am struggling with sexual thoughts and am wondering about the teachings of the Church. Are all sexual sins mortal and does thinking of sex without arousal a mortal sin? When does the thought become mortal; is it when we don’t control it or is it always mortal? What exactly is lust and what are the church’s teaching on it? Is it always mortal as well? In the first of the two-post series on this question we covered... Read More

Sexual thoughts – how can I understand them in light of my faith? Part I of II

August 5, 2012 by  
Filed under Capital Sins, Dan Burke, Lust, Mortal, Sin

I am struggling with sexual thoughts and am wondering about the teachings of the Church. Are all sexual sins mortal and does thinking of sex without arousal a mortal sin? When does the thought become mortal; is it when we don’t control it or is it always mortal? What exactly is lust and what are the church’s teaching on it? Is it always mortal as well? Dear Friend, your questions are very direct, which is good, but... Read More

What constitutes grave sin? How can I know if it is ok to receive the Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea that you can receive communion... Read More