Malta Minute with the Catechism: Mortal Sin

  • Program #: 182
  • Description: Not all sin is equal. Sins can, says the Catholic Catechism, be distinguished in gravity according to their objects, to the virtues they oppose or the commandments they violate. The root of sin lies within man's heart, Jesus declared. "For out of the heart come evil thoughts; murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These, said the Lord, are what defile a man." On the other hand, charity, the source of all good works, also resides in the heart. The gravest of sin, mortal sin, destroys charity in man's heart by a serious violation of God's law. Mortal sin requires three conditions: grave matter, full knowledge of that gravity and complete consent of the will. Because mortal sin turns man away from God by preferring an inferior good to God, it should be brought to confession. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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