Aquinas makes this clear: "Someone can know that he has grace, for example, by perceiving that he takes delight in God and despises worldly things, and by not being conscious of any mortal sin
With regard to the Church's declaration of a grave obligation, we must note that whatever the hierarchical magisterium declares as grave need not necessarily be grave enough for mortal sin
Among early church fathers, Tertullian considered malicious blasphemy a mortal sin
, punishable with eternal damnation.
When we commit a mortal sin
, previous merits are lost and new ones cannot be acquired.
If Fr Chesney had indeed committed the mortal sin
of murder, how could the Church allow him to offer Holy Communion or take confession for his new parishioners and, if it is true that he frequently crossed back into Northern Ireland, how can we be sure that his murderous career did not continue?
Then I shall proceed to mortal sin
and say a few words on the kinds of mortal sin
and the offspring that it produces.
I have just committed the mortal sin
of laughing in the Members' Library.
But tall tales on this scale are a mortal sin
- and say more about the bishop's character than a million word-perfect masses ever could.
While eating meat on a Friday in Lent isn't considered a mortal sin
- the gravest category - it does take a dispensation for the church to lift the rule.
Welsh non-conformity made even the stepping across the threshold of Y Dafarn or the Pub a mortal sin
It is the tale of a group of naive schoolgirls in their final year at school, where strict nuns with semi-Irish accents constantly drum on about the mortal sin
Church leaders, usually men as old as Methuselah, long ago created a Soviet-style cradle-to-grave indoctrination system that practically makes independent thinking a mortal sin