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Ask Fr. Francis: Is missing Mass because of sickness a sin?

The following is an excerpt from askfrfrancis.orgFr. Francis Ching, CC answers tough questions about the Catholic faith.


With a toddler and a baby, I find our family missing mass quite a bit during the winter cold and flu season as sickness rotates throughout each of us! Is missing mass due to a child’s sickness (or even our own) considered a sin that will require confession each time before receiving communion?

Fr. Francis' Answer:

For an act to be wrong, even before it to be sinful, one of the factors we have to consider is whether the person is free to act otherwise. More simply speaking, for me to commit a wrong, I need to be physically and morally free to do so first.

An example of physical impossibility is sickness. If I am sick to the point of not able to go to Mass, then it is right for me not to go. In fact, it would be wrong for me to go.

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