I should know this, but I feel like discussing it anyway. I like asking questions and getting feedback. =)
Now, my question(s) is, if you have multiple sins to confess, but you only confess some of them, and the priest absolves you, is this a valid confession and valid absolution? To be more specific, when given the absolution, are you forgiven for the sins you confessed and the others you didn’t are not but will be forgiven when you confess them, or is the whole confession counteracted and invalid by the fact you’re committing a sin of omission at the same time and therefore NONE of your sins are truly forgiven?
Is it possible to be forgiven of some of your sins (the ones you mentioned) and be considered in a state of grace (ie- it’s ok to receive communion) after absolution, or are you still considered ‘contaminated’ enough or lukewarm? It almost seems as if you’d be partially forgiven but not completely, and not enough to receive communion with the grace to do so.
Although, the priest does say “and now I absolve you of ALL of your sins…”
Does this mean only the sins you just confessed, or, indeed, ALL of the sins you COULD have confessed, but didn’t for whatever reason (ie- you’re still too attached to a particular sin and not ready to let it go, you’re ashamed, need to work up the courage first, whatever) ? Would this also include old sins that we’ve forgotten even happened, and all sins dating back to our childhood as well?
If it is the latter like this, then, technically speaking, why would you need to (although I would want to anyways) confess these other sins if the priest just forgave them? Would it be necessary only as a creature comfort and for our own peace of mind to confess them in a follow-up confession, or is it not necessary as per God’s Grace and forgiving power, brought to bare through the priest? Or, is the absolution only including additional venial sins as forgiven, and the mortal ones are not yet? And if that’s the case, are you in a state of grace after confession or not?
Another confusing point is the difference in the wording the priest gives you. Sometimes I’ve gotten “and now I absolve you from THESE and ALL of your sins, in the name…”
Sometimes they add both “these” and “all”, which clearly states that both are being forgiven, whereas “all your sins” is ambiguous enough in it’s wording, that it probably just means just the sins you confessed.
So, if you confessed alot of venial sins, for example, but you intentionally left out a mortal sin or two because you’re not ready to confront them yet or you’re not in the right mindset to do so, or if you’re not even sure they’re mortal sins and you get absolution, which action counteracts, nullifies and supersedes the other?
Does the binding power of God’s forgiveness through the words “I forgive you of all your sins, in the Name of Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” overshadow the sins of omission and INCLUDE the sins of omission IN the absolution (meaning they’re forgiven as well), or do the sins of omission make this not only an invalid confession, and mean that the sins were not forgiven, and that it does not bestow the state of grace upon you even though it otherwise would have if you were in a way to confess everything? Or look at it this way too: How MUCH confessing is necessary to be in a state of grace at any single point and time? That would imply there’s a required volume or amount, and that doesn’t seem right, logical, or fair, since you cannot cover everything.