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Bad thoughts sinful? How to handle & avoid unforgivable sin?

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Dear Father John, Thank you for your excellent series on scrupulosity. I have a question that relates to it, namely the occurrence of “bad thoughts” — thoughts that are negative, vile, or even blasphemous against any of the Three Persons of the Holy Trinity or Our Lady herself. I understand that these may occur in cases of psychological imbalance, or gross immaturity, for which I... Read More

Understanding and overcoming scrupulosity – Part I of II

July 13, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Scrupulosity, Sin

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Dear Father John, I seem to be struggling with scrupulosity.  However, when I read St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, they exhort that any small sin or attachment can keep us from union with God.  How do I know if I am scrupulous or just sensitive to sin?  How do I avoid taking sin too lightly?  If I am scrupulous, how do I overcome it? First thing: if you are sincerely concerned about... Read More

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