About 6 months ago I started going to confession on a monthly basis after having attended confession maybe 3 times in my entire life before that. When I first started going, I felt such wonderful peace doing so. I felt as if all the burdens of past and present sins had been lifted off of me and I felt so much more connected with God’s grace. I felt that I had finally found the cure to my constantly anxious, guilty conscience by going to confession and letting go of all that’s been holding me back from Christ.
But lately, these feelings have completely changed. Every day now it seems like I’m reminded of 50 million past sins I’ve committed that I had almost forgotten about. Literally every day a new past sin pops into my mind and I can’t stop dwelling on them. I’m so worried now that I’ll never be able to have all these specific sins forgiven and that I’ll go to hell for it. I’ve done so much wrong in my life and I’m worried that I won’t be able to remember every last sin I’ve committed. And even if I do, I’m still very afraid to be specific about every sin I’ve ever committed.
When I go to confession, can I just make a general statement such as, “I want to ask for forgiveness for every lie I’ve ever told in the past,” or “I want to ask for forgiveness for everytime I’ve been prideful” etc.? Or do I have to be specific about each sin I commit/have committed? What if I never remember every last sin I’ve done or never confess them all? Will I go to hell? Any advice is appreciated!