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I was received into full communion in the Catholic Church this Easter, so I have not been a Catholic very long, although I have been attending Mass for 2 years. I am a middle-aged adult married woman. I have a questions that it mortifies me to ask, but I can't ask anyone I know because it is so shameful.
I have maturbated, but in Confession I didn't not specifically say that I did this sin. I 'hinted' at it, I guess you could say. I am truly sorry, and have repented, and so far I am avoiding doing this sin again. Do I have to say that word in confession? Is there some way I can tell Father this without actually saying it? Have I done enough already? I just can't seem to bring myself to say this to him in explicit words. :(
Baltimore Catechism No. 3*Q. 789. When is our Confession entire?*
A. Our Confession is entire when we tell the number and kinds of our sins and the circumstances which change their nature.
Q. 790. What do you mean by the "kinds of sin?"
A. By the "kinds of sin," we mean the particular division or class to which the sins belong; that is, whether they be sins of blasphemy, disobedience, anger, impurity, dishonesty, etc. We can determine the kind of sin by discovering the commandment or precept of the Church we have broken or the virtue against which we have acted.
Q. 791. What do we mean by "circumstances which change the nature of sins?"
A. By "circumstances which change the nature of sins" we mean anything that makes it another kind of sin. Thus to steal is a sin, but to steal from the Church makes our theft sacrilegious. Again, impure actions are sins, but a person must say whether they were committed alone or with others, with relatives or strangers, with persons married or single, etc., because these circumstances change them from one kind of impurity to another.
Q. 792. What should we do if we cannot remember the number of our sins?
A. If we cannot remember the number of our sins, we should tell the number as nearly as possible, and say how often we may have sinned in a day, a week, or a month, and how long the habit or practice has lasted.
Q. 1324. In what does the sixth commandment differ from the ninth, and the seventh differ from the tenth?
A. The sixth commandment differs from the ninth in this, that the sixth refers chiefly to external acts of impurity, while the ninth refers more to sins of thought against purity. The seventh commandment refers chiefly to external acts of dishonesty, while the tenth refers more to thoughts against honesty.