A little background: I have just recently returned to the Church from a atheistic and later kind-of-protestant past and today I had my third honest confession (I say honest, because I don’t count the confessions I made, because I was expected to make them - I always lied at them and those that expected me to confess even knew that and were fine with that) and It was weird.
The problem itself: it was an old priest to whom I confessed today, apparently one of those who puts a little heart into his work and doesn’t confess people like he was working on a mass production line in a factory. That was fine, of course. The thing is: he didn;t let me finish my confession. In the middle he gave me a teaching about prayer (a good teaching now that I think about it) - concerning one of the sins I confessed, that I skipped some of my morning and evening prayers. And when he finished and I was about to list the rest of my sins he said “Alright.”, made a sign of a cross, said “God bless you” and knocked on the confessional signalising that I am free to go. The mass was already at the eucharist stage (the confession of mine and others before me with this priest took a while), there were still people in line waiting to confess and I honestly didn’t know how to behave so I just walked away.
Now two things concern me:
a) He didn’t say anything about my sins being forgiven, he just said “God bless you”, made a signe of a cross and knocked on a confessional. Does that mean i didn’t recieve absolution? Am I still in my sins? I decided not to take the eucharist today, because I don;t know if I’m in a state of grace, or not (also: is that a sin not to participate in the eucharist?).
b) If I did recieve absolution - what with the sins I didn’t manage to confess? I really wanted to, but the priest just didn’t let me finish (I’m sure he had a good reason - there were still a few people waiting for confession and the mass was nearing the end - i don’t mean any disrespect to him), should I go and confess them? Should I go and confess all over again? What’s going on? I’m really confused. Help me.