|Question Title||Posted By||Question Date|
|Had a bad thought about a Priest...||Matthew||Wednesday, December 26, 2007|
I just recently decided to go to a parish that holds firm to the teaching of the Magisterium. Today while i was at Mass, a thought popped in my head that said..."Man, that Priest was a real *$#%!" (Obviously, i won't repeat the word)
|Question Answered by Bro. Ignatius Mary, OLSM
It is a very sad thing when a priest, especially a Jesuit, loses his faith and more bashes loyal children of the Church. We will pray for this man.
As for thoughts, if your thought was a fleeting thought that popped into your head there is no sin as this was not under your control AS LONG AS you did not entertain the thought.
When such thoughts pop into your head you need to immediately reject them and renounce them. For example, a prayer like the following may be appropriate:
We cannot control random thoughts that pop into our minds, but we are responsible for what we do with those thoughts. As implied in the prayer above, we may want to explore underlying factors (such as anger and unforgiveness) that may contribute to the fleeting thoughts.
With that said, you may want to confess this in your next confession, not because it was mortal (unless you entertained the thought), but because you want to be healed of any residual anger and unforgiveness.
You may also consider the spiritual warfare aspect of this in that the devil knows of your feelings about this Jesuit priest and may have exploited that by placing this thought in your head. Praying to rebuke the demon of anger, unforgiveness, etc. may be in order too.
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