Question of the Day for Monday, February 25, 2013
Q. Recently, in an answer to the question of the day, it says that the Holy Spirit makes us holy during the Mass. What if I am clinging to a venial sin and, though I am sorry for it, not sorry enough to give it up, or rather I do not see how I can give it up? Can the Holy Spirit still make me holy? If I go to confession and confess other sins and do not mention that I am not giving up this sin, can I still be forgiven?
— From Wisconsin
A. Here’s a reply from Father Reginald Martin:
St. John reminds us, “This is love; not that we have loved God, but that he loved us” (1 Jn 4:10). This means the idea of loving God occurs to us only because God inspires it. We may say the same for contrition: we experience sorrow for our sins only because God stirs the desire for reconciliation in our hearts.
Read the rest of the answer at Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com/TCANav/TCAQuestionoftheDay/Feb25March12013/tabid/8693/Default.aspx