But if you died with a mortal sin on your soul you could never enter heaven.
Rudolfo Anaya -- Bless Me, Ultima
Meanwhile, nevertheless, it was sad to think of the perchance mortal agony through which he must struggle towards his triumph.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Scarlet Letter
...ever summoned to their aid in mortal anguish.
Nathaniel Hawthorne -- The Minister’s Black Veil
Expect with mortal pain:
John Milton -- Paradise Lost
The kinfolks had raised some mortal fuss about it, according to Granma, after the funeral.
Forest Carter -- Education of Little Tree
Those eels will take a mortal long time to cook, and either of you might faint with hunger before they’re done.
C.S. Lewis -- The Silver Chair
We’re mortal tired of being invisible.
C.S. Lewis -- The Voyage of the Dawn Trader
Oh, I was in such mortal terror!
Henrik Ibsen -- Hedda Gabler
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days with mortal fright
Virgil -- The Aeneid
In tears for the one he lost, he stood and cried, "My friends, what a mortal blow this man has dealt to all our island people!"
Homer -- The Odyssey
"It would be murder," the priest said, "a mortal sin."
Graham Greene -- The Power and the Glory
All I can think of is the picture in our Catechism of a valentine with measles. That is the soul when it commits mortal sins. Venial sins are lighter, like a rash instead of measles. A rash that goes away even without Confession if you say an Act of Contrition.