I posted on my experience back in June. Here is the whole story
I went to confession right after this incident. I was legitimately sorry for what happened. The priest asked me if there was anything else I needed to confess besides the abortion. I also mentioned the premarital sex and the not going to church for the previous 15 years. I couldn’t remember anything else off the top of my head. The priest said, “Let me absolve you of all your sins. That way you can start off with a clean slate with God.” I did the prescribed penance. Since then, I have been going to Mass every week, whether it is Saturday evening or 10 or 12 o’clock on Sunday. I went to confession once since then. I think I will go on a regular basis now. I mentioned little things like using the name of the Lord in vain. I’m sure everybody does that. I also mentioned masturbation. That is one thing I am really still struggling with. I got into the habit of doing it when I was a teenager, before I knew it was a sin. Once you get into the habit, it is really hard to break. It is probably like quitting smoking. I really did try to break the habit. I did manage to go a couple weeks without masturbating, but then I slipped up and did it again. I’m sure that God can see I am honestly trying to stop. But my worry is, that is an embarrassing thing to confess, and what is the use of confessing it if I will have to keep confessing it over and over again? I also know that for something to be a mortal sin, it must be committed with full knowledge and complete consent. It is possible that in my case, that second part may not apply. I know also that consideration is made for force of habit. Should I keep confessing this? Even though I was absolved of the previous sins, I worry that I don’t have much margin for error with God now. I’m sorry for the length.