I wasn’t sure in which forum I should post this, so I hope I got it right. I tried to do a search, too, but I always seem to get every thread on the forum in the results.
So, a bad habit I have is that I tend to swear like a sailor. Working in restaurants for years didn’t really help that, and most of my friends emit four-letter words several times per sentence. I don’t think this kind of swearing is a mortal sin, but it’s certainly a terrible habit, and I’m trying very hard to stop. It’s just so ingrained that it is very hard to not at least THINK the expletive.
Another problem is the use of phrases that take the Lord’s name in vain, like “oh my goodness,” only not “goodness,” etc. I try really hard not to do this, too, but it’s like it just springs to my lips automatically. Lately I am mostly able to cut myself off at “oh my arghhhhhhhh” but it’s still in my head. Work has been extremely frustrating lately which leads to lots of, uh, near occasions of sin.
I have confessed these sins, and Father gave me some penance that included thinking about patience, but I’m going to be in there every day at this rate. Is it OK in the confessional to ask for more thorough suggestions? I did mention that it is a habit.
Failing that, does anyone have any suggestions? I’m a little bit at a loss, here.