Hi everyone, I appreciate your time and effort in advance!
I am confused as to the extent of pardoned sins in Confession. I have many questions, because I regard salvation as the utmost priority when it comes to living out my life. With the ultimate goal of God’s presence in Heaven, I consider the following heavy questions on the way that I live! It is very difficult to even begin when there are so many conflicting views or teachings, and the extent of one’s own heart when it comes to committing sin, or asking for forgiveness for such things.
My inquiry boils down to this:
After Confession, are we completely forgiven of all sin, of all nature?
If not -
**Are all venial sins forgiven after Confession, regardless of mention? Or can they still be tied to the soul?
Do mortal sins have to be individually and directly mentioned to be forgiven?
What failings in Confession cause these sins to remain with us?
Can forgiveness be obtained, in any way, outside the confessional?
To what extent do the partial and plenary indulgences forgive/absolve?**
I understand the criteria of mortal sin, and such teachings as the time spent (and its extent) in Purgatory with venial sin(s) still associated with us. I apologise in advance if any of the above is incorrect in teaching - I seek truth!
I also hope that God’s mercy goes beyond any human teaching, and that the hope of God’s presence may be more possible than the boundaries we have in our world.
Thank you for your time and consideration, may the Spirit be with you!