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  • Under venial, the dictionary says, "That which may be forgiven; pardonable; as a venial sin; in theology, opposed to mortal."†   (source)
  • The dictionary says under mortal, "Number six: causing death of the soul; said of sin; distinguished from venial."†   (source)
  • Venial sins were small sins, like saying bad words or not going to the Stations of the Cross during Lent.†   (source)
  • I was still a good little Catholic girl who had been taught that sexual impurity was not simply a venial sin easily pardoned, and to commit it on my own mother's bed …. never ….†   (source)
  • If you died with a venial sin on your soul you could not enter heaven until the sin was absolved by prayers or rosaries or masses from your family on earth.†   (source)
  • The natural vigour in the venial sin Is the way in which our lives begin.†   (source)
  • Can you get him to imitate this defect in his mistress and to exaggerate it until what was venial in her becomes in him the strongest and most beautiful of the vices--Spiritual Pride?†   (source)
  • Nevertheless, there may well have been periods of history when purgatory could not be hoped for; periods when it was impossible to speak of venial sin.†   (source)
  • That was another mystery: it sometimes seemed to him that venial sins - impatience, an unimportant lie, pride, a neglected opportunity - cut you off from grace more completely than the worst sins of all.†   (source)
  • Yet it appeared to me that we were all, at Bly, sufficiently sacrificed to make that venial.†   (source)
  • This is a lover's most stoical virtue, as the lack of it is a lover's most venial sin.†   (source)
  • A venial sin, for you acted without evil intention.†   (source)
  • Sometimes he had amused himself by putting difficult questions to me, asking me what one should do in certain circumstances or whether such and such sins were mortal or venial or only imperfections.†   (source)
  • They reason thus because they are unable to comprehend that even venial sin is of such a foul and hideous nature that even if the omnipotent Creator could end all the evil and misery in the world, the wars, the diseases, the robberies, the crimes, the deaths, the murders, on condition that he allowed a single venial sin to pass unpunished, a single venial sin, a lie, an angry look, a moment of wilful sloth, He, the great omnipotent God could not do so because sin, be it in thought or…†   (source)
  • "It's wicked to love any man as well as I love my father, and so I strive not to do it, Hist," returned the conscientious Hetty, who knew not how to conceal an emotion, by an approach to an untruth as venial as an evasion, though powerfully tempted by female shame to err, "though I sometimes think wickedness will get the better of me, if Hurry comes so often to the lake.†   (source)
  • There she stood still, around her stretching the vast night atmosphere, whose incomplete darkness in comparison with the total darkness of the heath below it might have represented a venial beside a mortal sin.†   (source)
  • This, it must be confessed, was a slightly malicious stroke; the reader must judge in what degree the offense was venial.†   (source)
  • There may be some fault even in this obedience; but the fault thus committed is venial; it is a fall, but a fall on the knees which may terminate in prayer.†   (source)
  • While he spoke, however, the young soldier seized his rifle, and advancing toward the front, prepared to atone for his venial remissness, by freely exposing his life in defense of those he attended.†   (source)
  • Even from this venial act of vulgarity, however, Ralph was saved, and saved by a force that I can only speak of as inspiration.†   (source)
  • It was suffered to fade out of sight or be reckoned a venial matter, in the Honorable Judge Pyncheon's long subsequent survey of his own life.†   (source)
  • Careless fellow as I am, I am not so indifferent, Mrs. Bounderby, as to be regardless of this vice in your brother, or inclined to consider it a venial offence.'†   (source)
  • A venial, or a mortal, sin?†   (source)
  • It therefore happened that this venial fault of my uncle's came to be pretty well understood in time, and an unfair advantage was taken of it; the students laid wait for him in dangerous places, and when he began to stumble, loud was the laughter, which is not in good taste, not even in Germans.†   (source)
  • "Surely, sir," cried the impatient Elizabeth, "those laws that condemn a man like the Leather-Stocking to so severe a punishment, for an offence that even I must think very venial, cannot be perfect in themselves."†   (source)
  • "I wish I had!" said Isabel, simply, apparently forgetting for the moment that her poverty had been a venial fault for two gallant gentlemen.†   (source)
  • Let us remark in passing, that the burial of Mother Crucifixion under the altar of the convent is a perfectly venial offence in our sight.†   (source)
  • Besides this confession in a loud tone, for which all faults in the least serious are reserved, they have for their venial offences what they call the coulpe.†   (source)
  • So they do nothing, 'tis a venial slip: But if I give my wife a handkerchief,— OTHELLO.†   (source)
  • The predetermined adversary, on the other hand, can have been governed by no venial motive whatever.†   (source)
  • Book IX No more of talk where God or Angel guest With Man, as with his friend, familiar us'd, To sit indulgent, and with him partake Rural repast; permitting him the while Venial discourse unblam'd.†   (source)
  • Sin is either venial, or deadly; deadly, when a man loves any creature more than Jesus Christ our Creator, venial, if he love Jesus Christ less than he ought.†   (source)
  • Venial sins diminish man's love to God more and more, and may in this wise skip into deadly sin; for many small make a great.†   (source)
  • This holy orison aminisheth [lesseneth] eke venial sin, and therefore it appertaineth specially to penitence.†   (source)
  • Right so fareth it sometimes of deadly sin," and of venial sins when they multiply in a man so greatly as to make him love worldly things more than God.†   (source)
  • There are three actions of penitence; that a man be baptized after he has sinned; that he do no deadly sin after receiving baptism; and that he fall into no venial sins from day to day.†   (source)
  • But soothly, when that a man is not wont to strong drink, and peradventure knoweth not the strength of the drink, or hath feebleness in his head, or hath travailed [laboured], through which he drinketh the more, all [although] be he suddenly caught with drink, it is no deadly sin, but venial.†   (source)
  • [No earthly man may eschew all venial sins; yet may he refrain him, by the burning love that he hath to our Lord Jesus Christ, and by prayer and confession, and other good works, so that it shall but little grieve.†   (source)
  • Furthermore, men may also refrain and put away venial sin, by receiving worthily the precious body of Jesus Christ; by receiving eke of holy water; by alms-deed; by general confession of Confiteor at mass, and at prime, and at compline [evening service]; and by blessing of bishops and priests, and by other good works.†   (source)
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