I wonder if you can help me with a question about confession? I went to confession today for the first time in about 30 years, as I have decided to return to the church. I had spoken to my priest before hand yesterday, to let him know I hadn't been to confession for so long and that it would be quite long. He told me that he was delighted to have me return to Church and to come this morning during normal confession times.
I gave my confession, I was very upset and had written things down so that I wouldn't forget what I wanted to say, as I have memory problems. At the end of confession, the priest said to me to wait and he'd give me a phone number for marriage counselling. He then returned and gave me a blessing and said a prayer (I'm sorry I can't remember what prayer my memory is very bad) He then said to come outside to give me the phone number, but he never gave me a penitance. I was stunned because I thought that he would, but as we were now standing outside the confessional, and others were sitting waiting I didn't ask why he hadn't given me penitence.
So I went to the pews and prayed to Our Lords prayer and said the Hail Mary 5 times each, but I dont know if I have been forgiven? Are my sins forgiven what do you think I should do if anything. I dont want to appear rude and ask the priest as he had others waiting, and they could hear us. :shrug:
Can anyone give me some advice please? Thank you and God bless