Recently, I’ve begun contemplating the ways I’ve wronged people throughout my life and how I can make restitution. It was a black and white matter until I recalled that, as a small child, I’d stolen an X-rated film from my father and later hid it somewhere on our property (I honestly can’t recall why… I think I thought of it as my secret treasure or something :shrug:).
The problem I face now is that I’m not sure how to go about making up for this. If I call my father and tell him what I did and where the film is hidden (if it’s still there after all this time), wouldn’t I be committing the sin of scandal by exposing him to pornography?
This brings me to my main question: if I shouldn’t return the object, would asking a priest to offer up mass for my father make up for the theft? I heard mass for the living is very spiritually valuable for the person it’s said for, so I figure the spiritual value of mass would make up for the monetary value of the film. Or should I just send an envelope full of cash and literally make up for the monetary value?