I will be coming into the Church at Easter Vigil and will have my first confession tomorrow. I am nervous and anxious but have been reading several books on confession and just finished an excellent one “7 Secrets of Confession”. I have looked over several websites on the examination of conscious. I have also reached out to a friend from this forum who gave me a wonderful step-by-step guide, but i still need a little advice:
I was baptized over 30 years ago as a baptist and have spent 25-28 years in a completely worldly realm. I have prayed for the Holy Spirit to show me my sins and had an overwhelming response. I dont see the priest staying with me all day to go over all the sins i can think of over the past 30 years, but i dont want to leave anything out.
What do i do with a long list without sounding like i am just reading off a long "grocery’ list of items. How in depth do i need to go with these past 30 years? again, i dont want to leave anything out, i want to open myself fully to God’s mercy.