What Is A Dangerous Occasion of Sin?

A Protestant reader contacted Catholic Truth to tell us about the concerns of a friend who is always amazed to find Catholic  Dangerteachers – including former seminarians – present at this social venue when he visits for a night out.

It got us thinking about the concept of “a dangerous occasion of sin” –  at one time a regular theme in sermons and in lessons in Catholic schools.

Priests and teachers would warn of the importance of  socialising carefully – in short, avoiding anyone who might lead us into sin, and any place where we might be tempted to sin. . . , 

But since we now live in an age when we are all encouraged to exercise an ‘adult faith’, does it matter where Catholics choose to socialise?  Would Catholics even know the term ‘a dangerous occasion of sin’ any more? How would you define it?

As we ponder the issues, we might spare a thought for the good Sisters of the Order of St Clare who rise every morning at 1.a.m. for the purpose of prayer and making reparation for sins committed during the hours of darkness. We might pause to offer the Prayer to St Michael, the Archangel (see below) for the intention of special graces for all those caught up in dangerous occasions of sin, whether through attendance at particular social venues or through unsavoury friendships.

If you have particular prayers, novenas or other devotions to recommend for this intention, please do so. In any event, let’s hear whether or not you think there should be more preaching and teaching about the apparently long-forgotten concept of “a dangerous occasion of sin.”


St Michael Archangel

 Prayer to St Michael the Archangel

Holy Michael the Archangel, defend us in the day of battle, be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust down into hell Satan and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.