How to tell what’s a mortal sin and what isn’t. With some good examples…

The Catholic Me

Can we receive the Eucharist when we are in the state of mortal sin? How do we know if we are in a state of mortal sin?

I was told that receiving the sacrament of the Eucharist while in a state of grave sin is a grave sin in itself. I’m constantly worried about whether I am allowed to receive Communion at Mass, and I do make sure I go to confession monthly (or more often). My question is this: How grave must a sin be to have to abstain from the Eucharist? A group of us have discussed this and we got to the idea that you can receive communion if you are truly sorry for your sins, even if you haven’t yet gone to reconciliation for it, and it’s up to ourselves to judge if we’re worthy of receiving or not. Is that true?

Fr. John Bartunek answers…

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