mortal sin/venial sin
A distinction of sins that is stressed in the theology of the Roman Catholic Church. A mortal sin is serious enough to subject the sinner to damnation; willful murder, for instance, is considered a mortal sin. Venial sins are less serious.
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The Meaning of “Rosh Hashana”Today is Rosh Hashana, the day that marks the beginning of the Jewish New Year. At sunset today, families and friends will gather to pray and then eat the traditional honey and apples, which symbolize the hope for a sweet new year. Rosh Hashana comes from Hebrew and most simply put means “beginning of the year.” Why isn’t the Jewish New Year on December 31st? The Hebrews used …
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