Praying in a State of Mortal Sin

Praying in a State of Mortal Sin


Hi, my name’s Father Mike Schmitz and
this is Ascension Presents So a little while back, someone had asked the question:
“Can I pray if I am in mortal sin?” That’s a great question.
Short answer: yes So if that’s all you wanted, you can stop
the video right now and move on to something else but if you want a deeper answer,
let’s keep rolling with this one. First of all, what is sin? Great question. I think a lot of times we look at sin and we can say that sin is like when I
break a rule—that makes sense and that’s not a bad way to look at sin.
God has made us his nature known that he is love and he is life and he is truth
—all these things— so if I violate that nature of God, I work against love, I use someone, if I work against life, there’s death or hurt, if I work against truth and there’s someone in deception or lying, then I’m violating the nature of God. God’s also revealed human nature, what corresponds with human flourishing, not only as an individual but also in relationship with others and so if I violate those things, then that makes sense I’m breaking that rule and that’s a sin. Another way to think of sin is sin actually comes from an old archery term meaning “to miss the mark”. So I know that God has a purpose for my life,
a plan for my life and if I’m living in such a way, where I’m off track, or I’m missing that target, then it’s like a sin. So God has made his nature known,
he’s revealed to us our nature,
but here’s what he’s also done: He’s also revealed his will. In revealing his nature and revealing our nature, he’s also, in addition, revealed his will, which means what? What he wants. And one of the things that God wants for us and with us more than anything else, is he wants to be in relationship with us.
That’s what God wants more than anything else and he wants us to be in a relationship— right relationship—with other people. So God’s revealed his nature, our nature, and what he wants—his will. He’s done this through Scripture and through Tradition. He’s done this through the Bible and through the Church. At the heart of every sin, and yes, it is missing the mark and yes, it breaking the rule, but I’d say even more. At the heart of every sin, is when we look at the Lord and we say, “God, I know what you want, but I want what I want and I’m gonna do what I want.” Sometimes we think, “How could it be a sin? It didn’t hurt anybody. “How could it be a sin? Because I didn’t like have this violent anger in my heart towards God or towards someone else.” You don’t have to. Sin can be even like the most lukewarm “I don’t care at all” attitude. “God, I know what you want.
I just don’t care.” What that does is this: If it’s a small kind of sin, it’s the smallest thing, it wounds our relationship, doesn’t that? I mean, if you were to say to someone else on a small level, “I know what you want, I want to do what I want to do,”
that would wound, not strengthen the relationship. If it was on a more significant level, something really, really serious, or the person to whom you’re speaking, you actually owe something to, that could actually even break the right relationship with that person. The same is true for God.
Now here’s the thing: Nothing we can do can fully BREAK any kind of relationship with God. We’re born into some kind of relationship with God but not RIGHT relationship. In fact, what baptism does is—one of the many things baptism does—is it brings us into right relationship with God. Now when I sin, mortally, severely, significantly, I break that right relationship with God, but here’s God: God is constantly in relationship with all of us. What I mean by that is, he’s always giving us and he’s always offering us grace. He’s always offering us grace, even before you’re baptized, he was offering you grace Even after you’re baptized, he’s offering you grace. Even if you’ve broken that relation with God, he’s offering you grace In fact, the Catholic theology on this is this: every time you and I go to pray, it’s always going to be a response, that none of us are ever initiators of prayer to God.
It’s always God initiates and invites us to pray and if you ever pray EVER, it’s always a response to God, which means a couple things: One, is you never have to fight to get God’s attention.
If you want his attention, that’s because he is inviting you to give him your attention. Secondly, is when we go to confession, I think sometimes we have this—I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again— sometimes we have this image when we go to confession as if we go before the Lord and say, “God, please, please, please give me another chance.
I promise I’ll be good. Give me another chance.” The exact opposite is true. When you go to confession, it’s actually God saying to you, “Please give me another chance.
Give me another chance to love you, “give me another chance to have mercy on you, “give me another chance to bring you into right relationship with me.” Because why? Because the number one thing God wants with us
is he wants to be in relationship with us. That’s why sin is so awful because even the small sins—they wound that relationship and there are such a thing as small sins.
In fact, in 1 John Chapter 5, St. John says this. He says, “If you see a brother sinning,” says, “if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God “and God will give him life.” No, “This is”, he clarifies, he says, “This is only for sin that is not deadly. “There is such a thing as deadly sin about which I do not say you should pray. “All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly.” OK, so that’s important to know, that there’s such
a thing is what we call venial sin, such a thing that’s called deadly sin or mortal sin. Now venial sin can wound that right relationship with God. Mortal sin will break that right relationship with God. So what if I find myself having broken that right relationship with God, can I talk to him? Yeah absolutely.
Why? Because we just said this: All prayer is a response. If after having broken that right relation with God, you want to pray, that’s because God is interacting with you, that’s because God is inviting you to that relationship again, because God is inviting you to restore that relationship again. So whether you’re called to pray, whether you’re called to serve, like you’re gonna serve someone in Christ’s name saying, “But I’m in mortal sin. I can’t do that.”
No, you have to. Why? Because it’s God’s grace that enables you to serve in the first place. He’s inviting you to do this. If you want to go to confession, you realize this is God’s grace moving in you to go back to confession. But two things we typically do.
One is we disqualify ourselves: “I can’t do that. I couldn’t possibly come before the Lord right now because I’m in sin.” Second thing is we say, “You know what?
I’ve already sinned once, I have to go to confession, “I might as well not even try.
I might as well just keep sinning.” I would say, OK, I understand the temptation to that but realize that even in a state where you’ve broken that right relationship with God,
if you choose virtue, you grow in virtue. If you choose to say no to vice,
you’re growing in strength, you’re growing in grace. Because why? Because God’s grace is always, always available to us even if we’re not in that right relationship with God. Here’s the last thing. What can I do if I find myself right now in a state of mortal sin? Look at 1 John 1:9. 1 John 1:9 says this,
“If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just “and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing.” First thing: acknowledge your sins. He’s faithful and just and will begin to cleanse us from every wrongdoing. Now secondly, if you’re Catholic, what you need to do is, OK, I need to make a note of where am i intending to go to confession? Because yep, I’m going to keep moving forward,
I’m gonna keep praying, I’m gonna keep serving, I’m gonna keep
walking with the Lord, but I also know that Jesus gave us the sacrament of
reconciliation because he wants us to use it. Also in John’s Gospel, Jesus says this. He looks at his apostles and breathes on them and says, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Those whose sins you forgive are forgiven, those whose sins you hold bound are held bound.” So many of us say, “Well, I’ll just do the thing, I’ll do the
1 John 1:9 thing: “I’ll acknowledge my sins before the Lord and he’ll forgive me of all my sins.” Yes, he will, but you also know this, right? You know that he’s given us, we know that he’s given us confession because he wants us to use it. The heart of every sin is “God I know what you want, I don’t care. I want what I want.” Therefore, if you know that God has given us confession and say, “I’ll do it some other way, “I’ll try to do it through some other means” I’m not coming back to the Lord. It’s like trying to come back
to God without actually coming back to God. So acknowledge your sins, plan to go to confession and do it. Third is so important. In the moment where you realize, “OK, that relationship with God exists, that’s all he wants and I’ve broken it,” let him love you.
Really, let him love you there because if we say, “I’m out of right relationship with God, I’m disqualified from his love” then we don’t get his love. We don’t understand his love if we do that. Number one: Acknowledge your sins. Number two: Intend and then do confess your sins in confession. Number three: Let him love you
right now. Yes, you can talk to God when you’re not in a state of grace. Yes, you can talk to God when you’re in mortal sin. Yes, you can talk to God when that
right relationship has been broken and not only can you, but the reality is we have to. So please do. From all of us here at Ascension Presents,
my name’s Father Mike. God bless.

100 Comments on "Praying in a State of Mortal Sin"


  1. This guy was doing a great job with this presentation until he said, God has revealed this through scripture AND tradition. And it went downhill from there.

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  2. I must confess that I have two mortal sins. The first time in 1997, the second time in 1999. I am always praying to God for forgiveness and to help me to be a better Christian Catholic. But, I have always known that GOD loves me. He gave His precious life in the CROSS for us sinners. After an accident in 2000 I realized that God loves me way, way more than I thought. I am still alive by the GRACE of God. I am always trying my best to stay away from evil wicked things/ways. God bless you and thank you for the video clip full of Biblical references and information. 🙏🙏
    I love my Catholic Faith. I need my Catholic Faith in my daily life. I am so, so grateful for the blessings God has given me. I am so thankful for the good, the bad, and the ugly because every situation has changed or taught me to do better than before, and realized that I am grateful for the opportunity God has given me to come back to Him.

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  3. I believe what you say about God calling us when we have the desire to pray. It is difficult the Church part I know that God loves me loves us all its not difficult for me to believe God loves especially certain other people who seem to be blessed and are more loveable to most people they have the halo affect I am catholic I see time after time even people of holy orders Priests are attracted more to the pretty Catholics Catholics how are tall good looking married with children women who are pretty ones that look like pictures and statuex of Our lady then theres the obvous people in need that it would make the parishoners look really bad if they dont at least look like they care. Then there are the unimportant invisible ones ones that people avoid or somtimes if you catch there attention you got to go through the routine of saying yea i am fine how are you but they dont even want to talk to you. I once was going to a meeting woth our priest i had to hitchike a lady a pretty catholic from our parish who knew me since i was a kid drove right by me . I would have givin her a ride if it was the other way around she doesnt even pretend to be nice to me anymore. I love God you may say that if you dont love your brother you dont love God or many other things. I know and heard all the many reasons why i am wrong i think wrong and i feel wrong that i am just wtong and i am probably wrong for sayin that too. Some times allthe ways i am wrong according to people contadicts each other but its ok because its not me saying its the people pretty people that are alwayscright saying it. I want to be close to God but i am tired and in chronic pain and yes i offer it up. I pray for souls in purgatory you dont need to tell me i dont pray enough what ever critism your going to offer stop stop stop you dont know me dont assume please and yes i am sorry if iam assumeing abou tou . Its just i am tired of people i feel i am drowning in people . But cold uncaring criticle people under ther scrutiny and yes you can say i am being critical but it didnt start ou that way i am always willing again and again. People are crazy today they the parents dont premote going to seminary to there boys or forvthe girls to be nuns they want grand children saint paul said its better not to be married and how many people are really burning with desire so much they cant controll themselves its really all about image.

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  4. Lord Jesus, please bless all these great Catholic evangelists on You Tube. They rejoice my heart tremendously!

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  5. Those who practice exorcism know that going to confession in the eyes of the devil is like getting a receipt for your acknowledgement of your sin. He can't argue with it. You have solid proof that you didn't engage in some fleeting emotion.

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  6. I want to be a Catholic but I'm not right now I was baptized do I have to be baptized again I was baptized in the name of the father son and holy Spirit but I'm not sure

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  7. My mother married another man, but she's still married in the church with my father. She's afraid of losing heaven, however she does not want to leave her current husband. She's been trying to have her church marriage annulled, but she's afraid of the answer she'll get from that. Could you please do a video on this topic?

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  8. If you accept Christ as your Savior, he will hear your prayers no matter what. Christ’s love is unconditional.

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  9. No need to go to confession. Anyone can confess directly to the Lord at any time or any place. We do not need men to lift our confessions or prayers to the Lord.

    The only time it is necessary to confess to men is to reconcile your relationship to a brother out sister you have wronged.

    I love you Catholics, but you need to stop adding to God's Word.

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  10. We are all sinners. Jesus saved us while we were yet sinners. We will never stop sinning no matter how hard we try. If we even hate our brother, we are guilty of murder. And if we break even a part of the law, we are guilty of the WHOLE law. That means we are in mortal sin all the time, too. Confession thru a human being was never given to us after the veil of the temple was torn in two and each of us gained direct access to the Throne room of God Almighty through our ONLY intercessor, Jesus (1 Tim 2:5). The historical Leviticus priesthood was made obsolete, and every single Christian or saint belongs to a royal priesthood. That is the only priesthood that God gave us.

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  11. Babel priest. Mary was a sinner. God . reveals this mans lies. Sin s is simple. The Catholic Church is sin.Catholics do not know Jesus. God tells you ditch your Mass ditch your religion it’s a lie.

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  12. Then why is our ability to repent cut off when we die? Why is our disposition for eternity determined by our brief time on Earth?

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  13. What if we are told that a particular action (or inaction) is a grave sin, but we are not convinced of its gravity? We may not even be convinced that it is a sin. Does this mean that we lack full knowledge? Does it lessen our culpability?

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  14. If it is not possible for people in heaven to commit a sin, then why didn't God make us that way from the beginning?

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  15. What is a good Catholic bible? Because i was born Catholic, but over the years I started to go to a nondenominational church and we used a new King James version. And I am coming back to Catholicism, but I was told the Catholic bible is different. Thanks.

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  16. Ok, you are saying that we can pray in state of mortal sin, I understand it. But, will my prayers be as enough valuable as when I am in a state of grace? I mean, what happen if I want to pray not only for my poor soul but also for other's needs? Will the prayers be worth it?

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  17. Strangely, there was no answer to what St. John meant about not praying for the sin which is deadly.

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  18. When I made a mortal sin, I felt like I was doomed, and I failed God and jesus, after I watched this video I still had faith and hope, Thank you father, and I really mean it.

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  19. That part about confession, where Gods Asking for another chance was a gem of info. Thank you for that

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  20. St. Paul wrote to the Romans " The wages of sin is death…" ( Rom 6:23a)
    Again, Paul writes: "All have sinned and have come short of the glory of God"
    Again, Paul proclaims the Gospel by his life's work as an Apostle to the non Jews. " I am not ashamed of the Gospel, " he writes for " therein the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith" (Rom 1:17).
    Jesus Christ the Lamb of God was sacrificed for my sins (plural).
    When I turn from sefish rule to "CHRISTS rule -the one who died for me and ROSE AGAIN..

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  21. There's no such thing as a mortal sin. All sin is sin on God's eyes. Adam and Eve were kicked out of the garden of Eden for one sin.

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  22. God initiates us to pray? He initistes every thing. But, what do we understand then of Jn 9:31? God hears the prayer of a "repenting sinner" AND those who are righteous AND answers THEM alone. NOBODY else. Yes, God is love & merciful. He's also JUST. He gives each person what is his due. He gives every opportunity to repent and get back into relationship with Him. There are ample examples of this IN the OT & the NT. God wants "holiness". He DOES NOT listen to the prayers of a person IN a state of SIn, venial or mortal – except a "repenting sinner". At the judgement will you not be shown your "sins"? And, your "graces"? If not then you could tell God that He's NOT Just as He claims He IS. Of course it's true, where sin ABOUNDS grace abounds the MORE. To give you every opportunity to get back into RIGHT relationship with God.

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  23. Mortal and venial sin. What a joke. JESUS BECAME SIN SO THAT WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST. 2 CORINTHIANS 5.

    Get this heretic a pair of clown shoes.

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  24. So in following your premise, that God's Grace catalyzes our desire to repent and worship…does God reach a point where He stops sending that Grace, or willfully withholds it?

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  25. This video was so beautiful it almost brought tears to my eyes. God bless you Father and continue to use you to save even more souls.

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  26. Can someone tell me why my fiancé gets upset when I talk to anyone that isn’t through her church. I’m making the conversion but I’ve made the suggestion that it’d be easier for me if I found someone who can explain things better. She gets offended because it’s not our priest. I’m not seeking a non catholic opinion I’m just seeking a different approach in explaining certain topics

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  27. And on the video, what if you never feel the need to pray. Does that mean there isn’t an invitation. I don’t pray for specific things. I pray for strength, patience, and the ability to overcome struggles. Pray for a specific thing comes off as selfish. I’ve never been told this, and it’s not a teaching from any of my leaders. I just feel like it’s selfish

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  28. Will a rosary have the same effect prayed under mortal sin as when prayed in a state of grace? I understand rosary is a prayer, but Father Mike seems to talk more of an improvised private prayer?

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  29. Thank you.
    For the reminder that He loves us so much, for the reminder that we can reach back even when we've broken the relationship, for the reminder that when we [when I] have broken that relationship, we do [I do] need to go back to confession to get back into right relationship.

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  30. Thank You Father!!! This was a question that I had that was burning a hole in my mind. And remember all you people out there prayer makes God say yes when he has said no.

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  31. Trust God in everything – for if you can forgive your loved ones and even strangers and foes, how can our Father in Heaven not forgive us? Are we more merciful than Him? Just don’t do the same mistake over and over again, assuming that you can fool God – he knows you better. That’s why it is said that not all who say “Lord, Lord” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. These are those who tries to fool God.
    I wonder about one thing though – it is written that we will judge angels and Jesus asks us to love and forgive your foes. It is written also that Christ has all the judgment given to him from God, and Christ is in all of us and we are Christ through Church, his body. Maybe it means that we will be judged but also we will judge at the same time. That’s why it is so important to learn to forgive our wrongdoers and to live without doing wrong to others. All in all we can sin only against God and each other, which is in fact the same thing.

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  32. I am a Christian so I don't practice Catholic traditions as I wasn't raised in that manner. However, I love your passion and am grateful that we are living in a time where we can join in our beliefs and connect virtually. I believe many people are hungry for something of meaning and will find these videos and then find God as a result. Keep doing God's work and never grow weary of spreading the good news.

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  33. Not sure what meme translation Father is using but 1 John 1:9 says "If we confess our sins…" (KJV and Douay-Rheims, at least, but the Latin is pretty obvious: "Si confiteamur peccata nostra…"). Acknowledge isn't really the same thing as confess I don't think. I know Holy Mother Church teaches you need to go to sacramental confession (easy) or make a perfect act of contrition (very hard). Maybe baptism of blood works even if you're already baptised, I'm not sure (but who gets martyred these days anyway). None of these are simple acknowledgement of sin, though.

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  34. Hello Father, I wish to thank you. Our souls thank you. You are showing us how our souls are saved. God Bless. When I had to grow in virtue I repeated a mortal sin many many times. Went to confession many many times. I was truly repentant. But here is the result, I now live in the state of grace without stumbling into the same above pattern. I really had to choose to believe and obey. This whole idea that God has directed us back to His Kingdom by supernatural means is real. It is a power greater than humanity that has shown us our souls salvation. Even if it is incremental. The strength is not of me. It comes with complete abandonment of MY will. You are correct. We are fallen creatures, but Christ came to explain how we are to purify through His grace.

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  35. Catholics are all about the law. Rules, rules rules, That's how they trap you into their religion. You sin and the only way to get to Heaven is to go to them and get forgiveness, you can't go directly to God. Then you have the rules and if you mess it up you go to them again. Then you might not go to Heaven so you go to their purgatory to get prayed into Heaven by THEIR saints and Mary. You're trapped in an endless cycle of rules that they declare and they control including you.

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  36. si para el q mata y para los adulterio para que se comunica con demonios y los idotras y él que roba y el mentir y codicioso y violento y el que niega un hijo y los de guerras y el drogado y el cafeino

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  37. How does the act of pedophilia (raping a child) effect say "a priest" graces to consecrate at Holy Mass a Host? This is a question that has been on my heart. If mortal sin blocks grace for that person than how is he consecrating anything? Since that requires The Holy Spirit graces?

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  38. The way I understand it, if we are in a state of mortal sin, we must not receive communion into a spoiled vessel (our soul,) until we have reconciled with God (confession,) but we are not excommunicated from God for our sins.

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  39. I have what is likely a stupid question, but bear in mind I was not raised Catholic. I've been an atheist for roughly 30 years & I began attending mass & RCIA five or six weeks ago. Does the passage from 1 John also apply? Cam a former non-believer pray, or do I have to wait until I've been accepted by the Church & had my first confession, baptism, & confirmation? I don't know if it is a taboo or not (like the thing with Communion), but I've begun praying the rosary on my own. I just hope it isn't considered sacrilege.

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  40. Thank you father. I have a lot of questions to ask and I am asking if you could pray for me that I am shown who my spiritual director should be, that God shows me him. I have faith he will, but ask for prayers for me to know.

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  41. All sin is mortal, and confessing to a phony priesthood will not help you. Only a complete surrender to God, claiming the protection of the Blood of Jesus Christ, and no reliance on your own works, however "holy", in all or in part is stealing from the Glory of God. Besides, for single men to hear the intimate secrets of young women is voyeurism.

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  42. The actions created by the missing of the mark, carry's with them, ramifications that are like a set of Dominos, falling against one another..The trigonometric equation explains it the best. It is the sin(ner) + the co-sin(ner)^2= 1. Use the identities to solve this such that everything on the right side of the 1, are moved across the = sign to become now, 1 = sin(ner) + co-sin(ner)^2. The sin is a Say. A word that came out of the sinners mouth, that moved the Machine of God gears.
    In astrology, each player(human) has a power of God that shouldn't belong to him to use while sinning.
    Some are born Arians(Hitler)-some are born, Peacemakers(the hippies), some are born Bulls(planners business like) some are born Crabs(Organizers), some are born Kings(Lions that hunt & rule in the show), some are born Judges( Libra with a Scale like God's they want to use to judge others with), some are born with Perfectionist Virginity(Everything had to be perfected to them), Some are born……you get my drift. The Sinners Say, just screwed up all 12 peoples controls. How Do You Make the Sin go Flat Line…to make the arrow go straight again to hit the mark(target aimed for[ a flat scale- a straight face-no crying out laughing – a perfectly straight line – a sword back in its Scabbard and the war stopped- peace achieved-….that's the Machinica Deus. After sinning….no one has ever achieved that making it all come back together and made straight again. That's the problem.
    In the formula, something has to be added into the identity combinations that doesn't being in the math(the rounding of the Squares). Jesus, is the rounding of the Squares. He's leveling the Machinica Deus flight line. No one can Hit the mark. Holiness isn't simply not doing something then saying, Not have I murdered-Not have I stolen-Not have I committed fornication…..doesn't matter to God. He wants to see you hit the mark after you said you could. You have to zero out your sin on the flight line path & go straight again. Just being born into the world made you as guilty as sum of sins ever done since Adam and Eve. Man kind is twisted.

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  43. Thank you Father Mike, glad to have listened to your message of encouragement. Chased away my doubt and despair. God continue to bless you and your work Father.

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  44. You are just as off on this as the Protestants! Wow! I expected much better from a Catholic Priest. You start from human reasoning and assumption and then set the limits of the Christian life by that rather than the Divine Testimony in the Scriptures. You assume that all prayer is a response to an ongoing initiative from God. That is not Biblical and in fact there are elements that deny your proposition. For example, if you have committed the unpardonable sin, then this is a sin which will never be pardoned either in this age or the age to come. God will never forgive this sin. What if you try to pray to God over this? Has He initiated that prayer? No. There is nothing to say about it or about anything anymore. Also, there were times in Israel's history where God said that if they pray to Him He will not answer. In that case as well, God would not initiate those prayers. They were unwanted by God. You might argue that if they seek Him more and more He will eventually forgive and turn to them. That is not always true either. Consider what it says in the NT about Esau, who sold his birthright to satisfy his flesh. Then after he could not obtain it though he sought it with tears. His prayers in that case were not initiated by God. Your proposition in not faithful to the Testimony. It is a sweet, nice taste like the poison being passed around in the Protestant churches today.

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  45. Sin is sin, Jack. Put down your degree in catholisism, and read the Word. God doesn't rank sin, man does.

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  46. S.I.N. = self indulgence now.

    Using my free will to attempt to live without or outside of God's will.

    How is that for an answer Father?
    Am I on the mark.

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  47. Oh Brother no such thing as venial and mortal sin,SIN IS SIN. Come out of that CHURCH and turn to Jesus, HE is is the one who “absolves” of SIN

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  48. Born Again in Christ. Thank God!
    I'm glad I found  that, concerning original—or “first”—sin,  committed by Adam and Eve, the truth, Orthodoxy, believes everyone bears the consequences of the first sin, the foremost of which is Death, but ONLY Adam and Eve are guilty of that sin. 
    Roman Catholicism teaches that everyone bears not only the consequence, but also the guilt, of that sin. 
    I am only guilty of my own falling short of God's glory.

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  49. thank you Father for the teaching; may our Lord Jesus Christ guard and guide your steps; in the name of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit, amen.
    Pax Christi

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  50. Confession is usually a tough one for me because….i don't trust people as easily as i use to. These days has made trust more harder to come by or to have. If I confess, it will be to Lord Almighty.

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  51. After seeing several friends and family dying without the Sacraments who were Catholic Christian. I have allowed this to cause me to become more cynical and obstinate as I went through a conversion many years ago and had an overly scrupulous conscience. I noticed how no one ever went to Confession and I did all the time. Too many things like the liturgy I was used to changed and after my favorite spiritual director was rotated to another parish, I became rather angry about all of this and left the Church altogether however I still pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and the Rosary and my heart just isn't in much of any of it anymore. I'm tired of scandals caused by this worlds disgusting sect of the Freemasons working through an unjust justice system and a cultural that is more rotten by the day. I still have Faith, and Hope, and Love, but they do seem like merely a shadow of what they once we're. The doctrine (dogma perhaps) of what constitutes mortal and venial sin is so aggravating to me and that is why I have given up. I'd rather be like my deceased friends and relatives dying unexpectedly most likely in mortal sin according to the Church's teaching and like them who may also have 'backslid' or 'fell away,' I'm content with heartache. Ironic for someone with my last name and I am the youngest of three sons who no longer attend.

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  52. One crucial point on Church teaching this video leaves out. You're still in a state of mortal sin, unless you make an act of perfect contrition. Then there's the problem of someone in mortal sin being capable of perfect contrition. Otherwise, you have to wait until confession and receive absolution, where imperfect contrition (a fear of God's righteous punishment) suffices. Yes, God wants to be in relationship with us, but all we are capable of receiving while in that state is "prevenient" grace drawing us back, NOT sanctifying grace – unless we're capable of making an act of perfect contrition. And we can never know if we've satisfied that difficult threshold, so you don't want to go there.

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  53. I've acknowledged my sins.
    Catholic church wants me to go through a 2 year course .
    Said it wasn't about religion and bit more chatter and then said it was not about faith.
    I'm fed up with all churches and division .
    I confess my sins openly and no one wants to hear them.
    I've retired from listening to any man from now on.
    As all men are liar's.

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  54. Fr Mike. Many thanks for your wisdom. I am your newest subscriber because of this video.. I really needed this message. Thank you, Lord God Father in Jesus Name.

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  55. If a man is found in mortal sin, is prayer not the only means of breaking the sin? Hold no man of repentant prayer.

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  56. The fear i have is going to confession is this. The Act of Contrition. I am a sinner, as i am human. How can i pray to God and tell Him that i will try not to sin again, when i know that is not true? Is sin something like the air i breathe, and i cannot help to stop? I am going to sin, even though i do not want separation from God. It is my nature.

    I also have fear from not remembering the Hail Mary prayer. It has been over a decade, perhaps two decades, since i last went to confession in a church. I have an over abundance of unforgiven sin on my soul, especially mortal sins, and i need absolution! I need to go to confession!

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  57. This guy is too pretty and charming to be talking about spiritual stuff and making sense of it. It doesn't jive with my past experiences but that can be a good thing.

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  58. Okay, so I’m Methodist, and I don’t think Methodist churches do confessions like Catholic Churches do, so how can I confess my sins? Is there a formal way for me to do it or can I just pray for my sins to be forgiven?

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  59. I just want to be a good Man. I want to have the heart of God in my chest.
    I hate that I can't do this on my own.

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