So I have a rather rigorous prayer-schedule which I based on praying a handful of times throughout the day at the suggestion of a priest. The reason for this is due to what was suggested by a priest in a confession to help me overcome sin. My father has become concerned, believing that something bad must have happened to me at some point since I have begun this prayer schedule, and unfortunately his fears are solidified every time that I refuse to divulge what was said in confession, which would explain it, but at the cost of massive personal shame and the breach of the seal of confession. One of his main concerns is because of the name of the prayer itself, which is called a “Prayer for all thing necessary for salvation.” I chose this prayer because it adresses a bit of an issue and helps because it treates a good number of potential and very real weakenesses in my own character, and it has helped immensely. I don’t, however, want ot reveal this to him because, by its very nature, it is a highly personal, extremely private matter.
Does anybody have any advice? I don’t quite know what to do here, since I could break the seal on my confession and tell my father, even though I am not required to so that I can allay his fears and assure him that I won’t “lose myself” in college, but that would also potentially backfire, since my past could make him fear it even more. It is really making him worried, which in turn worries me, but I am so ashamed of what I would have to reveal to get him off my back that I just don’t know what to do.