Meeting Jesus in the Sacraments (Second Edition)

Chapter 6: Mortal vs. Venial Sin


Mortal vs. Venial Sin

Film Focus: In this video, Fr. Mike discusses the differentiation between mortal and venial sins, explaining that while multiple venial sins do not “add up” to a mortal sin, they can certainly weaken a soul and make them more likely to commit mortal sins. The video concludes with an exhortation to go to the Sacrament of Confession.

Text Focus: Page 192

Discussion Questions:

  1. Where in the Bible does St. John discuss mortal and venial sins? Can you think of another place where this is discussed in the Bible?
  2. In your own words, explain the differentiation between mortal and venial sin.
  3. What are the three conditions for a sin to be a mortal sin?
  4. Should we only avoid mortal sins? Why or why not?

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