This will sound like an extremely dumb question, but I have not been to confession for many years…and I really don’t know the correct protocol.
I know that I begin with “Bless me father for I have sinned…it has been _____ since my last confession…” Then I don’t know where to go from there. It has been probably 20 years since my last confession. I haven’t done anything, that in the eyes of the law would be considered terrible like murder or theft or anything major.
But like many people I have committed a multitude of other sins that are not considered grave in the eyes of the law…but are not looked upon so kindly in the eyes of god such as…lust…envy…greed…fornification…adultery (in my younger pre-married days)…self gratification (don’t want to say it the other way)…lied (not major ones…but many of the variety that we call “white” lies…but then again a lie is a lie right).
In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to remember a quarter of the things I’ve done especially the things that I have done over and over. But I want to make a complete confession. How do I do this if I can’t remember every thing. I am sincere in my repentence…so I want to do it right. And also, how often do you or should you go to confession…at set intervals…or do you go as often as you sin?
Sorry for all the questions…but its been a while.