Hello everyone. Starting a few months ago, I returned to the Church after about 8 years of living in sin. I’ve been going to confession regularly, as I have been remembering past sins. I’ve also taken to the habit of confessing venial sins that have been bothering me.
Anyway, I went to confession today and confessed all the mortal and venial sins that came to mind. One of the past venial sins I mentioned involved laziness with respect to completing school assignments. Since I couldn’t remember the exact number, I simply said “occasionally,” which seemed to satisfy the priest. However, after mentioning it, I thought about it, and decided that saying “often” probably would’ve been more accurate. But as I had already begun mentioning another venial sin, I decided not to correct myself.
I understand that we are only required to mention mortal sins in confession. However, would my failure to correct myself with respect to the number of times I committed a venial sin, constitute the mortal sin of lying in the confessional? I think I may be slightly scrupulous about this, so I felt it wise to ask here.
Thank you for any advice you can offer!