These are taken from the wonderful Catechism by Bishop Louis LaRavoire Morrow
We are prone to look upon venial sin as of no consequence, and to be careless about guarding against it, forgetting that it is second only in evil consequences to mortal sin. In Holy Scripture we see from many examples how God regards venial sin; even in this life He has punished it most severely. For only a slight doubt about God’s mercy, because of the wickedness of his people, Moses was punished: he was not permitted to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land.
23. Venial Sin
What is venial sin? –Venial sin is a less serious offense against the law of God, which does not deprive the soul of sanctifying grace, and which can be pardoned even without sacramental confession.
- A sin can be venial in two ways:
- When the evil done is not seriously wrong…
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