However, "conditions of anxiety or other psychological or social factors that lessen or even extenuate moral culpability,'' making it a venial sin
We old-timers remember the childhood effort we put into learning whether a latecomer to Sunday Mass was guilty of a mortal or venial sin
Gluttony is a venial sin
when one yields to the pleasure of eating and drinking in an immoderate manner, yet without falling into grave excess, and without exposing oneself to violate a grave precept.
If he does not do so, it is only because there can be no possible fellowship between His infinite holiness and the least venial sin
We position gambling as a mortal sin (at least where baseball bookies are concerned), but cheating as no sin or a venial sin
because of its newly redefined meaning.
Lehmkuhl, for example, stressed that receiving communion once or twice a week demanded that the individual be free of inclination even to venial sin
, let alone mortal sin.
That is only a venial sin
, whereas child rape is rather a mortal one.
In less than five seconds we had blown right through venial sin
and were quickly overtaking mortal.
His Holiness has called you together in order to wrestle the phantom runaway bull of false accusations to the ground and smother it like a venial sin
in a blanket full of indulgences.
Concepts such as mortal and venial sin
, original sin, sanctifying grace, justification, punishment, merits, liberty -- all our key words -- have their history.
On these occasions, Aquinas declared, the utterance constitutes a venial sin
because it did not involve rational choice.
We rented an economy car that looked like a venial sin
compared with the yacht-sized cars favored by those little old men with peaked caps who cruise by at a steady 25 mph.