Continuing my online courses in my pursuit of master catechist certification, my course this time around is "Conscience" One of the discussion questions this week is: How would you define sin for your students or in a conversation with another Catholic?
My answer: Sin is the human failing or weakness to uphold what is right, good, and responsible. Sin is a choice that can be made with or without emotional involvement, but may have a severe emotional aftermath. Sin is a wall that is continually built up between the individual and God that can only be broken down by forgiveness. Sin is the opposite of virtue. Sin without relief by forgiveness and mercy is terminal for the individual’s soul. Sin can be categorized in degrees of intensity, but sin is still bad and adverse.
Sin does not involve just one person, it affects those around the person and has even farther ramifications, it is almost never an isolated situation. Sin hurts society and left unaided builds and proliferates making sin easier and easier to both commit and excuse.