Mortal Sin and Venial Sin

SATURDAY: After Epiphany

1Jn.5:14-21/Ps.149:1-6.9/Jn.3:22-30


Mortal Sin and Venial Sin


Secularism, nihilism and humanism, seriously and negatively have affected the Christian outlook on life and spirituality, today. This generation appears to have lost its moral compass. Many in the pursuit of a worldly lifestyle that is underestimating the consequences of sin and evil. Influenced by the above-mention philosophies this generation of Christian, are rejecting the virtues, values, and valour of the Gospel. Conveniently, they trivialize the will of God and the importance of grace. The Sacrament of Reconciliation has little or no significance for them. A quick prayer they believe will wipe away the effects and consequences of their misdeeds and guarantee them the merits of eternal life – regardless of the seriousness of their transgressions. They are misguided.


The first reading of today outlines the differences between Mortal Sin and Venial Sin. The former, according to Richard McBrien, in “Catholicism, Study Edition”, (Winston Press, 1981), is the absolute disregard of the will of God and of the Gospel. The latter is “A less serious infidelity to the will of God, sufficient to diminish one’s Christian moral character but do not reverse one’s fundamental orientation towards God.” Mortal sin kills the soul and deprives it of God’s grace. Nothing other than a firm purpose of amendment and Sacrament Confession will undo the effect of such transgressions.


St. John warns us of the gravity of Mortal sin. Therefore, those who wish to preserve the nature and substance of God’s divine love and character in them; they must avoid the destruction of Mortal Sin. The victims of Venial Sin should not become complacent. Christians, in other words, have a moral obligation to break with a life of sin.


O God, teach me to love you above all and to avoid all occasions of sin.

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