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Lenten Plans 2012

So, Lent is finally among us yet again. Its that time of year that I have a love/hate relationship with. I love Lent because it allows me to take control of my life once again. I give up a lot of things that I have determined to be not good for me, and I overall become a better person. I always fall back into the trap of self-indulgence over some time period AFTER Lent is over, but I’ve noticed in past years it takes longer and longer before I give in. I hate Lent because, well, I always feel under attack. I feel like a weight is crushing me more and more and that weight doesn’t remove itself until Christ has risen on Easter. Good Friday and Holy Saturday are quite possibly the worst days of the year in my opinion.

I’ve talked before about what you should consider giving up and how there are 4 aspects to each person that we should consider when Lent comes. We should be always mindful of these 4, just because it will make us a better person year round, but I digress. Those 4 things were: Mental, Physical, Spiritual, and Emotional. You can read more about that post here.
This year I’m doing I suppose something similar to last year, although I suppose its a bit more intense as it will be on a regular basis. Last year some of what I gave up were only on certain days (pushups and situps every other day) where as now what I’m doing is all of my goals EVERY DAY.
17 Day Diet– No beef, no sugar, no non-wheat products, no cheese. Pretty much I’m only allowed to eat chicken, pork, turkey, wheat products, vegetables, fruits, yogurt and that’s about it. I’ve done this diet before and it works well at losing weight. I’m going to add prayer to it and do this for the duration of Lent (40 days). (Physical, Giving Up)
P90-X– This is an intense workout and I actually have already started it. I’m noticing how much healthier my body has become in just the 3 workouts that I already have done. I played basketball yesterday and wasn’t as tired as I have been before, but of course, I did suffer an embarrassing injury that side-lined me for the rest of the game. (Physical, Adding)
Scripture– Again, I tried this last year and don’t know what happened, I just stopped I guess. I did start at the beginning of the year and yet again, stopped. I love reading it, I just never can force myself to pick it up. Go figure. (Spiritual, Adding).
I am missing two things from the list of four I gave. I’m not doing anything mental (har har) this Lent as I read at lunch and during the day. I’m not really sure how I could add to this. I suppose I cold make sure I do it every day, but I figure some days I just need to break. Also, with a wedding coming up, I figure I shouldn’t play around with my emotional health too much, as I’m stressed as it is. This year has been super rough in that department, and God has done a lot of work at allowing me to grow in maturity. I don’t need to play around here.
Hopefully you all have a great Lent. I will get back into discussing mortal and venial sin shortly.

Jeff February 22, 2012 Leave A Comment Permalink

Mortal and Venial Sin

Ah, now that we have covered the 10 commandments, hopefully thoroughly, its time to look over the two differences in severity of sin.

First, lets look over the lesser of the severity’s, venial. Venial sin are those sins that go against God, but, do not completely cut off our relationship with Him. An example of a venial sin would be to forget to say my prayers during the day. Its kind of like telling your mom you would call her, and then not doing so. You still have a good relationship with her, but your mom is a little mad that you neglected her. God is Our Father after all.
Mortal sin, on the other hand, is something that completely cuts off our relationship with God. The only way that we can get back into the state of grace, that is, no longer in the state of mortal sin, is going to confession, confessing our sins and receiving absolution. In order for a sin to be a mortal sin, 3 things must occur:
1. The sin must be of serious matter.
2. You must know that the sin is serious matter.
3. You have to have full consent of the will when committing the sin.
1. The sin needs to be a mortal sin (this generally is always the case, a mortal sin is a mortal sin). 2. You need to know its a mortal sin when you commit it. If you didn’t know it was a mortal sin, then you didn’t know that it was bad. This doesn’t always happen, but, once you are told that it is a mortal sin, then you know.
3. You can never be forced to commit the sin. You have to choose to commit the sin.
Once these 3 conditions are met, you have committed mortal sin, and MUST, I repeat MUST go to confession.
Sin is sin, no matter how we look at it, a sin is and always will be, a sin. There is no going around it or sugar coating it to make you feel better. Sometimes a mortal sin can be lessened so it is not as severe as a full out mortal sin, as discussed looking at the 3 conditions, but, the way I like to look at it is this: if I commit a sin that happens to be a mortal sin, I should probably get to confession as soon as I possibly can.
For those of you who are in the state of mortal sin, I really do urge you to get to confession. I know it is scary and heck sometimes intimidating, but you have to. Its for the sake of your eternal soul, and you will feel much better. If you haven’t gone to confession in a while, tell Father, he will walk you through it.
This post is one of many in a series on Mortal SinsClick here for more posts explaining and defining mortal sins.

Jeff February 3, 2012 5 Comments Permalink