Audrey shared in the group, “We learned about sin in the adult classes but I am not all that clear about sin that is deadly.” George helped out, “we don’t talk about sin as mortal or venial these days, but I’ve always liked the definition that says, sin is a breakdown in relationships, with God or someone or something. Murder, adultery and abortion are still serious sins. We need to repent and be sorry for any wrongdoing. the Sacrament of Reconciliation is for Catholics an important resource.” “I find it interesting that John writes that we can ask God to forgive on behalf of others.” Nomsa added.
This is the confidence which we have in the Son of God that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have obtained the requests made of him. If any one sees his brother committing what is not a deadly sin he will ask and God will give him life for those whose sin is not deadly. There is sin which is deadly; I do not say that one is to pray for that. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin which is not deadly. John 5:14-21
Pope Francis: The creation accounts contain profound teaching about human existence and its historical reality. They suggest that human life is grounded in three fundamental and closely intertwined relationships, with God, with our neighbour and with the earth itself. These have been broken, both outwardly and within us. This rupture is sin. LS 66. Today sin is manifest in all its destructive power in wars, various forms of violence and abuse, the abandonment of the most vulnerable and attacks on nature. LS 66