After I have examined my conscience before my confessions, at certain times I have forgotten to mention some very important (not mortal) sins which I really wanted to get off my chest. I usually will end my confession with: “and for all those sins I’ve forgotten, I ask for God’s forgiveness and mercy…” Is this sufficient or just an easy cop-out? I’ve even considered writing my sins down like a laundry list and simply read them out, but it doesn’t seem like the right thing to do. The problem with this solution is also that the confessional I usually visit is the traditional enclosed type with the kneeler and grid and is quite dark. I’d have to hold the list up to the open grid to be able to read it. Anyway, I’m putting it out there. Is writing your sins, then reading them out, with proper disposition, of course, an acceptable way to receive this sacrament?
*“Pray, hope and don’t worry”… St. Pio of Pietralcina