I committed the sin of presumption when doing something wrong and went to confession. However I forgot to confess that. Would that sin also have been covered in absolution if I genuinely did forget?
if you genuinely did forget:
- If you had intended to confess this sin and legitimately forgot to do so, then yes, it was most likely included in the absolution.
- My pastor’s advise that we give to new RCIA candidates in such situations is to:
– don’t stress, so long as the omission was NOT by conscious will, you were absolved.
– next available confession, bring this situation to your confessor.
Keep in mind that being scrupulous can be sinful too…
(for others, I had to look this one up)
What is the sin of presumption?
This is how the old Catholic Encyclopedia defines the sin of presumption:
[INDENT] It may be defined as the condition of a soul that, because of a badly regulated reliance on God’s mercy and power, hopes for salvation without doing anything to deserve it, or for pardon of his sins without repenting of them.
One wonders how sincere a person’s love for God is when he is so readily willing to sin simply because God is forgiving. God cannot be fooled. He reads hearts and knows our sincerity. To decide to sin is to offend God. To decide to sin because one knows that he can be forgiven is to sin twice. It is to use God, reducing him to a utility at the service of our whim. It is to laugh at his passion and death.
I suggest adapting this prayer from the Divine Mercy Chaplet: “Eternal Father, I offer you the body and blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and for protection against this temptation. For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on me and on the whole world.”
Answered by: Fr. Vincent Serpa O.P. [/INDENT]