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An inefficacious desire is one that carries a condition, in such a way that the will is prepared to perform the action in case the condition were verified.
When the condition is such as to eliminate all sinfulness from the action, the desire involves no sin: e.g.
It is divided into sins of commission and omission.
A sin of commission is a positive act contrary to some prohibitory precept; a sin of omission is a failure to do what is commanded.
This last named division is indeed the most important of all and it calls for special treatment.
But before taking up the details, it will be useful to indicate some further distinctions which occur in theology or in general usage.
God alone is essentially being, and He alone is essentially and perfectly good.I would gladly eat meat on Friday, if I had a dispensation ; and in general this is the case whenever the action is forbidden by positive law only.When the action is contrary to natural law and yet is permissible in given circumstances or in a particular state of life, the desire, if it include those circumstances or that state as conditions, is not in itself sinful: e.g.Physical evil deprives the subject affected by it of some natural good, and is adverse to the well-being of the subject, as pain and suffering.Moral evil is found only in intelligent beings; it deprives them of some moral good. This may be defined as a privation of conformity to right reason and to the law of God.