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Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh

November 25, 2014 by  
Filed under Fr. Mullady, Mortal, Sin

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Sins of Ignorance and Sins of the Flesh Editor’s note: It is our great pleasure to welcome Father Brian Mullady OP to our writing team. He is a professor, preacher and retreat master, who has authored three books, and is the Theological Consultant to the Institute on Religious Life. Please welcome him warmly and make him feel at home! It is a moral truth that “if we don’t know something is... Read More

What is an “attachment”? “disordered” attachments?

January 23, 2012 by  
Filed under Attachments, Fr. Bartunek

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Dear Father John, I would like to learn more about the idea of attachments. What is a disordered attachment and what is the difference, say, between a normal need for food and a disordered attachment for it? How can I tell the difference? Also, this is kind of a related point but is there a point at which indulgence in over-eating moves from a venial sin to a mortal sin? A disordered attachment is... Read More

What constitutes grave sin; how to know if I may receive Eucharist?

August 22, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mortal, Sin

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I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea... Read More

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