Have I invalidated my confession?


#1

So I went to confession on Monday and one of the things that I confessed was self harm. Basically the way I put it was that I had never exactly cut after a certain occasion, but I had self harmed in other ways on two other occasions.

The problem is there were more than two occasions. I went in with a written list, and when I wrote the list, I was thinking of two specific occasions. But then I realized that there were more than two other occasions (at this point I would guess at maybe 5 or 6, though I only remember 2 specific occasions), this was the day before I went. But I forgot to change it on the list. Then when I was actually in confession, I was reading that line and I did remember that there had been more than two other occasions, but I just kept on going. I didn’t want to go back and reiterate so I just said “at least, that I can remember” because although I did know that I had committed the act more than twice, I could only specifically call to mind those two occasions.

So that was a disaster.


#2

I would just mention this at your next confession.


#3

If you had no intent to conceal sins, your confession was valid. You can mention this at your next confession if you now believe that you omitted something relevant.


#4

Please get help for this dangerous condition. God bless you.


#5

If they were mortal, simply mention those remembered sins, already absolved, next time.


#6

It wasn’t anything serious. I’m starting to question whether it was even mortal at all because I certainly did not do any serious or lasting damage. And I haven’t done it in quite a while anyhow. It’s not a habit, I just happened to be in a really emotional position and didn’t know what else to do.


#7

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