As others have said, it is not a rare sin.
Consider that your embarrassment is actually a form of pride. You want the priest to think highly of you. But like all of us, the priest included, you are a sinner. Rejoice in the freedom of forgiveness Jesus gives and try to turn away from human respect. You’ll be the happier for it
I have also replied to your other thread - possibly concerning the same confession.
Be at peace. You’ve given the sin to God - so let go.
When I had difficulty Confessing a particular sin and the Priest saw I was struggling he said “You can tell me anything”. That’s what he is in the Confessional for. That’s why we have Confession. And you are not alone. I am so very glad that at your age you continue to go to Confession and want to receive God’s forgiveness. And even more so God is so very happy you go.
Christ knows our sin and calls us by our name
Satan knows our name but calls us by our sins.
Let Christ rule in your heart and mind.
I struggled with the same thing for a while and confessed it like any other sin.
I thought it was embarrassing as I confessed it, but had no issue with seeing Father later on whatsoever. I worked as a catechist and he knew very well that it was me.
However, I do believe in that thing called what´s said in the confessional stays in the confessional. And it does. So when I speak with him, I literally pretend like the whole thing never happened, and he does so as well.
VERY good article by Father Mike about what it’s like on his side of the Confessional.
Yep good advice. Besides Father hears MANY MANY MANY Confessions and I’m sure he has a lot more things on his mind then your Confession. He has the soul of EVERY one of his parishioners to worry about and pray for
Also, he has heard it all before. If not anything, it must be boring to listen to people´s sins. I recommend this thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiVjwlUO9Sc
it´s also by Fr. Mike and he´s explaining it all from the priest´s views. Very beautiful!!
Can you imagine how crazy it would drive a Priest if he tried to remember who told him what in Confession. I imagine he’d never be able to see or talk to anybody ever again if that was the case. They HAVE to forget for their own mental & spiritual health.
That’s not rare.
You make a good point there! Also, I believe God makes them forget these things as there´s no need for them to remember it as they´ve acted in the person of Christ.
EXACTLY. They have a life too and they have other needs & many people to pray for. If penitents and their sins were CONSTANTLY on their minds I don’t see how they could ever pray or do any of their Priestly duties.
Also it´s great that Confession is embarrassing from time to time, because it helps us grow in virtue considering our humility.
And you did the right thing by being honest and confessing this sin instead of withholding it.
Does your family ever invite a priest over for dinner? Getting to know priests as people can help ease some of the fears.
Not rare. Not at all. Absolutely normal, common, boring, mundane. Not rare.