I have a question for people who don’t bring lists with them to confession.
How do you remember what to confess?
I ask because when I go to confession I inevitably seize up every time in a dumbstruck fit of terror. I am not afraid to go to confession at all, but when I actually get into the confessional I am like, “Uhhhhhhhhhhhh… I did this, I did that. Uhhhhh do you have a copy of an act of contrition? Oh it’s taped below where my hand is? Oh really? Duh. I remember that.” So I can’t remember anything past like 2-3 things max. I just blank. I try to remember more but I just can’t, so he gives absolution and I just rely on the fact that I forgot (which I really and honestly do). So I think I should start writing things down in the future.
So to you who have your laundry lists in your heads, do you just not get that dumbstruck lockup blank going on in your head?