[quote="engdlyzp, post:1, topic:317422"]
A woman approached me a few years ago and talked about God. She then proceeded to touch my forehead and "forgave" my sins. I felt "good" at that moment and even thought about going to the church she mentioned (I forgot what religion she was from, she had a long skirt though). Needless to say, a few days later I felt that my sins had not actually been forgiven and still did not have peace in me.
At that time I had not done my first communion so I still hadn't done my first confession. A few years after that, I finally did my first communion and did my first confession, but I didn't tell the priest that experience since I had forgotten until now.
I'm sure that whatever happened was bad, is there anything I should do?
I really don't think there is anything you need to "do" about this. Just remember though that only a priest can forgive sins. I think any time someone tells us they forgive us, it would be a normal reaction to feel good about it. But we just need to keep in mind and understand the difference between someone forgiving us for the wrong we did against them, vs the actual sacrificial forgiveness of sins which can be conveyed only by a priest. The woman you met did not actually forgive your sins in the way a priest can through confession.
Also, I haven't confessed my sin in over a year. I really want to so I can be good with good and feel that inner peace. What stops me is that I feel I haven't fully felt sorry for some of them. I don't want to wait longer, but I also don't want to confess my sins and not fully be sorry. Any suggestions?
First up, I would ask you the question: why do you not feel sorry for some of your sins? Is it perhaps because you doubt whether or not what you did in those cases is in fact a sin? Do you view yourself as having certain mitigating circumstances which make your sins less severe, or perhaps that you couldn't stop yourself from committing them? I think this requires some thought...
In the mean time, however, it seems from what you say that you do accept that you have committed some sins and are sorry for those. So what I would do if I were you, is go to confession and confess the sins for which you are indeed sorry. Then whilst you are in that confession, mention to the priest that you have done some other things (or omitted to do something perhaps) which you deem to be wrong but for which you don't feel true contrition for whatever reason. There is absolutely no problem with having a discussion with the priest about this. Let him guide you in this regard.
I dare say that when you come out of that confession you will find greater clarity on the issues that trouble you, plus you will come away with a renewed sense of peace for the sins you have confessed.
I think one of the things that often causes people to avoid confession is that they are ashamed or embarrassed to confess their sins. But remember that priests have really heard it all many times before. We should never be ashamed of turning to God (via the priest) for forgiveness. It is the most incredible weapon of good for our lives.
Have courage, go to confession, chat with the priest... Every time we turn our face to the Light, God shines his goodness upon us... and that inner peace you seek will not be far away...