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Venial sin

A pardonable sin regarded as entailing only a partial loss of grace.

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"Venial sin" Quotes from Famous Books

... one has a right to conceal may be right, provided no lie is involved in the concealment. As to the relative grades of sin in lying, Aquinas counts lying to another's hurt as a mortal sin, and lying to avert harm from another as a venial sin; but he ...
— A Lie Never Justifiable • H. Clay Trumbull

... sin? A. Venial sin is a slight offense against the law of God in matters of less importance, or in matters of great importance it is an offense committed without sufficient reflection or full consent of ...
— Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (of 4) • Anonymous

... yesterday, but I could not make out your hiding-place till to-day. Now I'm not going to ask you to tell me how you have gone on in my absence. God and you alone know, and while He will tell me nothing, you would only tell me fibs, and I want to save you from that venial sin at least. But here I am, in as good spirits as ever, more in love than ever, and quite ready to resume ...
— Celebrated Crimes, Complete • Alexandre Dumas, Pere

... the whole Day. After which, one would think that they imagine themselves at perfect Liberty; and their open Gallantries perfectly countenance the Imagination: for tho' Adultery is look'd upon as a grievous Crime, and punish'd accordingly; yet Fornication is softened with the title of a Venial Sin, and they seem to ...
— Military Memoirs of Capt. George Carleton • Daniel Defoe

... a true knowledge of the affair, which is, as I have said; and everything made less or more, your Majesty may believe, is not truth. Nor could any one, from any word or sign of mine, have understood an offense to God in that, or even a venial sin; and, if anything could be added without the suspicions conceived by his malice, or rather by his evil life and habits, the fault which I was guilty of was becoming too angry. But I assure your Majesty that I had more than reason enough—in the first place because he had stained ...
— The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume X, 1597-1599 • E. H. Blair

Words linked to "Venial sin" :   sin, sinning, mortal sin

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