I’m a teenaged catholic, and I consider myself to be fairly religious. I’ve lurked through these forums several times before, and I like reading them, but now I have a question I really need help with.
So, I’ve had trouble with masturbation for quite a while, and have been trying very hard to quit. The threads here are very helpful, and have helped a lot, and I thank you guys for it. However, sometimes I “relapse”, but recently I was able to stop for quite a while (since late November) and I thought I finally had it under control. I went to confession with my parents a few weeks ago, in preparation for advent. and I finally confessed to that particular sin, and I felt great and didn’t feel like I was a bad sinner and Catholic, and I was doing great. However, I did it again recently… I really don’t want to do it and I feel guilty and horrible about it every time, and I always say a prayer for forgiveness and pray for help… Here’s the problem: I’m not old enough to drive, so I have to have someone take me to confession, and out family doesn’t go all that often, maybe 2-3 times a year. We do go to mass every sunday. i’m afraid to ask to go to confession, especially since we did just a couple weeks ago, and my parents would be wondering what I did, and I would be very embarassed. My question is, is there another way that I can forgiven of my sins, without going to confession? Is saying a prayer confessing and asking for forgivennes valid?