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The point can be clarified by an example showing how a Christian living in God's love can habitually, even if not actually, make all her good choices for a single ultimate end, and how she has another ultimate end in choosing to sin venially.
A good intention or humor do not justify officious and jocose lies; as long as they are intended to deceive, they remain lies, although only venially sinful.
But sex was venially sinful if done to avoid sexual sins and mortally sinful if done to satisfy lust.