[quote="JerrySeibert, post:9, topic:222374"]
On this subject; is it wrong that one confesses for a sin that he or she has already confessed and been given absolution. I wonder as the guilt of knowing I had done wrong still bothers me. I understand that I am forgiven. But, I have not forgiven myself? That is what my pastor tells me. Yet, I still do not feel as though I have let it go.
Any ideas? Or references?
Sins already confessed and absolved are still "valid matter for confession"
One may confess them again ...like say at the end of your confession...and for all the sins of my life particularly that the murder I committed...or even in a more general.."particularly for those against chastity".
But keep it simple. (and do it that way ...so the priest does not think your murdering someone new each week...)
But if one does so ...it is not from belief that it was not absolved!
In doing so...concentrate on increasing your contrition ..out of love for God...and with a great purpose of not doing such again...
This practice can actually aid at healing the temporal effects of the sin..and overcoming it.
But I would not do it "specifically" too many times...such can become a not good fixation on the thing....though in general one may..say "especially for sins against chastity" Such is a good idea in any case.
And know that one is absolved..after just once :) And of course ones confessor can advise one..
HOWEVER those who are scrupulous or have some difficulty or tendency towards scruples...follow your confessor...for those in such a boat can want to confess...and reconfess...and reconfess....and never end..always "feeling" not at ease etc....so they can be advised in general to prob NOT to do this ...or to only do it "simply" ...like with a general "and all the sins of my life...particular those against chastity"