I’m in the RCIA program now and I will be able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation after my conditional baptism. I have been preparing for my first Confession by reading the Life in Christ section of the Catechism, and as I read it I write down every offense I’ve committed lest I miss anything.
One thing I am worried about is whether the confession I’ll make can be invalid. Can any attitude on my part render it invalid? Can the priest do anything to make it invalid? I can only guess how obsessive this sounds, but would it be better to confess the sins twice to two different priests to be sure?
Also, when I confess sins, do I have to go into details or do I just have to say the sin. In the past I committed the sin of lust by reading/looking at pornography and thinking dirty thoughts, do I just have to say “pornography” or do I have to be more specific? This really scares me because the priest I’ll be confessing to will see me every day, I am afraid that he will think I’m really dirty and will not trust me if I want to volunteer or something like that.
Thank you very much!