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It’s the first day of lent 2017 and as I lay here in my bed freshly awake from my slumber, dog gentle snoring. I think about a YouTube video I watched last night before bed.
I am in a state of mortal sin right now, I have to get to confession. I have confessed my sins through prayer, thrown myself to Gods mercy. Is that enough?? I’m just a layman with no theology degrees so the following is just my thoughts and opinions.
1. I have sinned gravely, knowingly and with full concent of the will. I have committed a mortal sin.
2. I have confessed through prayer to Almighty God, begged for his love and forgiveness and repented.
Is that enough, I would say yes and no. I am Catholic after all and it’s always about the both/and 😉
Since my Church (I think this is likely standard in North America) has confession on Saturday and it’s currently Thursday, I would think that my salvation is likely. But only til Saturday because just saying a prayer isn’t enough. If it was than Jesus would not have given the power to forgive sins to the apostles.
Catholic Study Bible
21 Jesus said to them again, ” Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you.”
22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
And how could the Aposltes forgive someone’s sins if they didn’t hear them?
Okay what does all this have to do with Fr. Mikes video about praying while in a state of mortal sin.
I have heard a few times on various EWTN shows that praying while in a state of mortal sin is not efficacious. So I have often wondered what’s the point of praying if I haven’t made it to confession yet.
The point of Fr. Mikes video is that even though WE have separated ourselves from God, God has not separated himself from us. He still loves us and yurns for us to come back to him. He will not abandon us and turn away from us. And the fact that even in our brokenness we desire to pray is proof that God has not abandoned us. It’s his love and grace that gives us the strength and desire to even want to pray.
If you find yourself in a state of mortal sin, pray pray pray. Repent through prayer, ask God to forgive you and pour out his love and grace upon you…. a lowly sinner. And as soon as possible get to confession so that you can have John 20:23 fulfilled upon you.
23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Jesus came to live among us. He has lived and experienced all that we have. He know exactly what we are going through. His love is never ending.
God Bless and Happy Lent