(Urgent) Confession help
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(04-14-2017, 12:28 PM)MagisterMusicae Wrote: n.b. You should consider yourself having committed this sin only when you deliberately and consciously fostered or continued to think about something impure after realizing that it was. Otherwise, you will feed your scruples. Temptation is not sin. Realizing a bad image has come into your head and trying to push it out is virtuous, not sinful.

Temptations occur to everyone to varying degrees. I am often (almost daily) tempted to impure thoughts.  The Devil likes to invade our brains, and some of us are more susceptible than others are.  However, consenting to the thought -- that is, consciously letting it linger, relishing it, nurturing it, etc. -- that is when it becomes sin.  Sin is activated by the will.  A temptation by itself is not a sin but an opportunity to reject the temptation.  Each time we reject a temptation of any kind we are letting God strengthen us against the next temptation.  We are not "more sinful" than the next person if we, without placing ourselves into near occasions, are subject to more temptations than someone else.  If we are deliberately placing ourselves in temptation's way by welcoming temptation (such as choosing to watch a semi-erotic movie when we are aware of the content), that's different. 

THIS ALSO:
Quote: Now, if you actually desired some impure action, "what" matters. If you had a desire to commit a homosexual act, that's different than a heterosexual. If you desired fornication, that's different from an unnatural sin.
So if you have a sinful impure desire, you need to confess what you desired.

Many Catholics do not understand (because they have not been properly taught) that not all sins (against any particular Commandment) are equal in weight.  Take as an example -away from the area of purity -- the Fifth Commandment.  If you physically strike your neighbor, a layman, that is one degree of mortal sin; if you strike an ordained man, such as priest, it's another level of sin, and therefore the object of the violence (without naming the priest) is essential to the confession.  And it's more grievous, although unlikely, if it's the Pope.  Similarly, not all sexual lsin is of equal moral weight, even among mortal sins.  Adultery is worse than fornication, although both are mortal, because a violation of the sacramental bond is involved.  Etc.

Reasons to confess these kinds of particulars include the nature of the guidance given by the priest and the penance chosen by the priest.
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(Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 02:15 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-14-2017, 03:14 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MichaelNZ - 04-14-2017, 04:51 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 08:39 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Melkite - 04-14-2017, 09:12 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by GangGreen - 04-14-2017, 09:54 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-14-2017, 10:52 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-14-2017, 12:28 PM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-15-2017, 01:05 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-15-2017, 01:32 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Miriam_M - 04-15-2017, 02:18 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MichaelNZ - 04-15-2017, 03:59 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-15-2017, 08:56 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-16-2017, 06:03 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by In His Love - 04-16-2017, 06:36 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Chelsea5 - 04-17-2017, 06:09 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by MagisterMusicae - 04-18-2017, 08:20 AM
Re: (Urgent) Confession help - by Panum - 04-18-2017, 05:00 PM



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