[quote="andrew2101, post:1, topic:294438"]
Long story short: I went to confession and received absolution. The priest told me to say three Divine Mercy Chaplets yesterday and ask God to help me remain chaste (i'm gay). Three chaplets is strenuous! Am I still forgiven if I don't do my assigned penance?
From the Catechism:
1459 Many sins wrong our neighbor. One must do what is possible in order to repair the harm (e.g., return stolen goods, restore the reputation of someone slandered, pay compensation for injuries). Simple justice requires as much. But sin also injures and weakens the sinner himself, as well as his relationships with God and neighbor. Absolution takes away sin, but it does not remedy all the disorders sin has caused.62 *Raised up from sin, the sinner must still recover his full spiritual health by doing something more to make amends for the sin: he must "make satisfaction for" or "expiate" his sins. This satisfaction is also called "penance." *
1460 The penance the confessor imposes must take into account the penitent's personal situation and must seek his spiritual good. It must correspond as far as possible with the gravity and nature of the sins committed. It can consist of prayer, an offering, works of mercy, service of neighbor, voluntary self-denial, sacrifices, and above all the patient acceptance of the cross we must bear. Such penances help configure us to Christ, who alone expiated our sins once for all. They allow us to become co-heirs with the risen Christ, "provided we suffer with him."
In a word, no, you were not forgiven of your sins. You are still in a state of sin until you do the penance you were given.
Christ dying on the Cross was a bit more strenuous than your saying three chaplets.
P.S. I just want to add, God bless that holy priest who cared enough about you to give you such a wonderful penance. And I mean that with all sincerity.