May 20, 2014

Can I Choose to Sin and THEN Go to Confession?

In a word: no. 

Well, you shouldn't. It is part and parcel of "the sin of presumption" when we knowingly choose to sin and say that God must forgive us. This is grievous or "mortal" sin.

But of course - we CAN. God granted us the beautiful gift of "free will." As always we are free to send ourselves down the path of eternal perdition if we so choose. 

But don't take my word for it. Let's take it to the Bible (RSV):

A Psalm of David: 
"Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins, let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression"

Numbers 15:30-31
"But the person who does anything with a high hand (deliberately) whether he is a native or a sojourner reviles the Lord, and that person shall be cut off from among his people. Because he has despised the word of the Lord and has broken His commandment, that person shall be utterly cut off"

Deuteronomy 17:12-13
"The man who acts presumptuously,  by not obeying the Priest who stands to minister there before the Lord your God, or the judge, that man shall die; so you shall purge the evil from Israel. And the people shall hear, and fear, and shall not act presumptuously again."

And here is a link to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
Vatican va Catechism #2091

I found a great resource for us all: an extensive examination of conscience and guide to reconciliation that breaks everything down. You can view of print the PDF file here: 
Father Robert Altier: Examination Of Conscience PDF

I leave you with a phenomenal teaching on confession from Franciscan Friar Father Isaac Mary Relyea. It is lengthy and in depth but RIVETING once you begin listening. I promise - you will be blown away! He is amazing and I suggest that if you can't listen all in one shot that you listen in segments. Be blessed!

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