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1863. Venial sin weakens charity; it manifests a disordered affection for created goods; it impedes the soul’s progress in the exercise of the virtues and the practice of the moral good; it merits temporal punishment. Deliberate and unrepented venial sin disposes us little by little to commit mortal sin. However venial sin does not set us in direct opposition to the will and friendship of God; it does not break the covenant with God. With God’s grace it is humanly reparable. “Venial sin does not deprive the sinner of sanctifying grace, friendship with God, charity, and consequently eternal happiness.”134

While he is in the flesh, man cannot help but have at least some light sins. But do not despise these sins which we call “light”: if you take them for light when you weigh them, tremble when you count them. A number of light objects makes a great mass; a number of drops fills a river; a number of grains makes a heap. What then is our hope? Above all, confession.135

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

429. How does the Church nourish the moral life of a Christian?

14. What is the relationship between Tradition and Sacred Scripture?

162. Where does the one Church of Christ subsist?

416. In what does the natural moral law consist?

85. Why did the Son of God become man?

198. What kind of devotion is directed to the holy Virgin?

408. What is involved in the common good?

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