A couple articles ago we went through the object of the act, the intentions and circumstances. The object of the act answers primarily the question: Is this act good or bad? Killing somebody is a bad act and can never be made into a good act. However, piety is a good act, but still can have a lack of goodness in it by doing the act with pride. The intentions and circumstances answer the other question: How responsible am I in the act (culpability)? They also help us to discern if the act has a lack of goodness. The intention of pride makes a lack of goodness in the act of piety. (Lk 18:7-14 & Rom 3:8) Continue reading
So now we go back to the object of the moral act. The object of the act discerns if the act is good or bad at its foundation. Acts of piety are by nature good. Killing another innocent person is bad. Killing another person is always bad, but acts of piety are not. Why? Continue reading
The hardest question to answer is, “How do I know if it is a mortal sin?” Human acts are very complicated. We are good at becoming our own politicians in trying to justify ourselves. But going to confession is not about justifying ourselves, but about judging ourselves. It takes rigorous honesty and trust to take such a deep look at ourselves and our actions. Continue reading
Rome, December 01, 2015
This month, the Pope is praying that all of us might experience God’s mercy.
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