Ink drawing by Gloria Tuccio
Sin is no laughing matter. And, even though we may say at this time of year, Laissez les bons temps rouler, we must not let the enjoyment of life and fun impede our due worship of God. It is not worth the pain and separation from God. It’s not worth pleading ignorance before the Lord. It is of high importance to fellow parishioners and to all who know us to give witness to the primacy of Sunday and our Christian witness by keeping the Sabbath, by attending Mass.
“For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent." Mortal sin requires full knowledge and complete consent. It presupposes knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God's law. It also implies a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase, the voluntary character of a sin. Sin committed through malice, by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest. Mortal sin is a radical possibility of human freedom, as is love itself. It results in the loss of charity and the privation of sanctifying grace, that is, of the state of grace. If it is not redeemed by repentance and God's forgiveness, it causes exclusion from Christ's kingdom and the eternal death of hell, for our freedom has the power to make choices for ever, with no turning back. The Sunday Eucharist is the foundation and confirmation of all Christian practice. For this reason the faithful are obliged to participate in the Eucharist on days of obligation, unless excused for a serious reason (for example: illness, the care of infants) or dispensed by their own pastor. Those who deliberately fail in this obligation commit a grave sin.” Catechism of the Catholic Church nos. 1857, 1859-61, 2181