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  1. I can remember when priests regularly warned us about avoiding dangerous occasions of sin. Now it’s never mentioned. I sometimes wonder why that is but then it dawns on me that these days nothing is sinful except throwing litter or some other offence against the environment – LOL!

    • Nicky,

      So true. Green issue are the important thing these days. Truly, you couldn’t make it up! Although someone did. I don’t believe all this green nonsense for one second. So the daily news bulletins are becoming an occasion of sin for moi!

  2. Suppose you are watching TV with your parents and are invited to a party. If you decline the invitation, your chances of sinning are pretty slim. If you go to the party, your chances of sinning increase quite a bit because there will be flirting and drinking at the party? Is it a sin to go to the party? Or are you committing the sin of being too scrupulous if you decline the invitation

    • David Roemer,

      Watching TV can be a dangerous occasion of sin, so I presume you have included “with your parents” to suggest there would be careful discernment about the programmes watched!

      I don’t think it would be a sin to go to the party as long as you are aware of the dangers of drinking too much or getting into an unsuitable relationship through flirting.

      However, I do think that parties and other social events can be dangerous occasions of sin. Young people especially have no real spiritual foundation due to not hearing about sin in homilies these days, so they are at risk. I know parents worry about their children because these places can be occasions of sin or near occasions of sin as Fr Gruner says in the video.

      I wouldn’t decline an invitation to a party if I wanted to go but I would be aware of the dangers and hopefully be on my guard. It’s always an idea to say a prayer for extra grace before going into these sort of situations, anywhere that might be an occasion of sin.

      • Thoughtful reply, Michaela.

        Nothing to add really, except I wouldn’t decline an invitation to a party either – if I ever receive one! 😀

    • David,

      I’d say the situation you outline is an example of the danger of scruples. Moderation in all things, springs to mind here.

  3. Here in Michigan we regularly here priest talking of the occasion of sin and custody of the eyes although the latter is more specific to monastic communities historically I do also know some priests in Scotland and England who regularly speak about the occasion of sin so we need to be careful not to tar everyone with the same brush as you Brits might say

    • John Paul Kaiser,

      Us “Brits”? You mean “Scots”? And “English”? I’m in sympathy with those English people who feel they are not allowed to be proud of being English. I’m proud of them. Great bloggers, every one!

      Well, HELLoooo Michigan! Send that priest over here. We need him like there’s no tomorrow.

      I have heard mention of occasions of sin in recent years, but that’s because I’ve taken to attending a traditional chapel (SSPX). I can’t imagine that many of the diocesan priests would preach on the subject. Goodness, I know some of the good guys and they wouldn’t know an occasion of sin – near or far – if it came up and belted them on the mouth!

      I jest, dear Fathers, I jest… 😀

  4. It sounds to me as though frequenting St. Aloysius in Garnethill, per the previous thread, is a near occasion of sin…

    • RCA Victor,

      It sure is a near occasion of sin – one has to walk quickly past the notice board and avoid taking a look at the parish bulletin, in order to preserve one’s sanity let alone one’s (hard won) sanctity… 😀

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