I want to invite you to read paragraphs 1846 through 1869 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is an abundance of material contained in these 23 paragraphs for reflecting upon sin, mercy, and God's grace. You can find the Catechism on the internet in a number of locations if you do not possess a hard copy. If you click on this link it will take you directly to the paragraphs I referenced.
Paragraph 1849 provides an extensive definition of sin. "Sin is an offense against reason, truth, and right conscience; it is a failure in genuine love for God and neighbor caused by a perverse attachment to certain goods. It wounds the nature of man and injures human solidarity."
How has human solidarity been injured in our modern age? Have you witnessed any offenses against reason, truth, and right conscience? Do you think modern society has failed in expressing genuine love for God and neighbor? Are there any perverse attachments to certain goods in society? Where do you fit into the overall picture?
As you read paragraphs 1865 through 1869 think about "The Proliferation of Sin" throughout our society. Paragraph 1865 states that "Sin creates a proclivity to sin; it engenders vice by repetition of the same acts. This results in perverse inclinations which cloud conscience and corrupt the concrete judgment of good and evil." To put it simply, repetition of sin lulls our conscience to sleep. I looked up the definition of the word proclivity. It said, "Natural or habitual inclination or tendency." The habitual inclination toward sin can seem natural after our conscience has been clouded and corrupted. That is not a good place to find ourselves.
We are blessed in the Catholic Church to have access to the Sacrament of Reconciliation. I encourage you to make use of this beautiful sacrament of forgiveness, healing, and mercy. Spend some time with the Ten Commandments making a thorough examination of your conscience. There are many effective aids available to help you walk through that process. Since we are marking the 100th anniversary of the Fatima apparitions I will include a sample examination of conscience from the Fatima website. You can find it here.
Let the path you walk be one that leads to Christ.