I went to a confession service last night – my first confession in about 10 years. In the course of my confession, I omitted a mortal sin, intending to go back to it, because I had other sins I felt were even graver. However, as I paused after naming some of my most difficult sins, the priest suddenly moved on to my penance and absolution. (There was a long line, so I’m sure time was a factor.) I momentarily forgot the additional sin that I’d intended to go back to. (I’d missed Mass on a Sunday because it interfered with my vacation travel plans last summer.)
I left the confessional believing I’d been absolved, but woke up at 4 a.m. worrying about the sin I left out. There’s a voice in my head (not a literal voice) questioning whether I really forgot it or merely didn’t bother with it because it was I failed to grasp the importance of it. My intention had been to make a complete confession, and it wasn’t until after I’d left the confessional that I realized I had not done so.
Was my confession still valid? Do I need to go back, and if so, should I re-confess everything?