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Joseph Castleman wrote:

Hi, guys —

I am a person that gets anxious quite easily so I often struggle with scrupulosity. I've also struggled with certain sins in the past that I am still tempted to commit.

Recently, I was tempted to commit this one sin and I put myself in a position that I already knew could lead me to sin. Thankfully, I did not go through with it.

However, I still felt bad about it and thought I should confess it. As I thought about it more, I came to the conclusion that this is just me being scrupulous again and I didn't actually commit the sin so I didn't confess this, went to Mass, and received Communion.

I still feel bad about it and now, I'm wondering if my previous Confession was not valid because I didn't mention this issue and have committed an even worse sin by receiving the Eucharist unworthily.

Now I feel like I'm abusing the sacrament of Confession and Communion because I received the Body of Christ and afterward thought:

I should confess that I received Communion because I knowingly put myself in a position that could lead to sin and didn't confess it, and I have disrespected the Eucharist by receiving it unworthily.

This is something I feel bad about and I do not want to disrespect the sacraments or put my soul in danger in any way.

Anxiety kicks in after this and I think of the stories from saints who knew people that went to Hell for not giving a proper Confession. In this case, I think of 1 Corinthians 11:27. I often don't receive Communion for venial sins, thinking they are worse than they really are, but in this case I thought, I can't keep avoiding Communion but I still felt bad.

  • What are your thoughts?
  • Is this scrupulosity or is this something I should go to Confession for?

Thank you.


  { In this situation, is this scrupulosity on my part or is it a sin I should go to Confession for? }

Bob replied:


Since you didn't commit the sin in question, but only put yourself in the near occasion of sin, the sin is probably a venial sin and would not prevent you from receiving Holy Communion.

It is better to confess it at your next Confession, so you can get good counsel on your situation.


Bob Kirby

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