I tried to do a general confession. Actually I have done it a few times. I said I used to be a bad person and I want to confess for all the times in my life I have done x sins (said specific sexual sins). I made it obvious it was from my youth/long time ago but didn’t put a number on the sins because i assumed the priest would know I was referrring to habitual sins. So I just said “for all the times I have done…x and then named specific sexual sin”
Is that valid? Or would I have to go back and state a number of times. A priest has told me not to do another general confession and frankly I am loathe to as I suspect it is due to my scrupulosity/ocd but it is robbing me of peace knowing that I haven’t put a number on it. I wouldn’t be able to get near a number if I tried so I just said in these general confessions for all the times I committed and then said x sin (lying, masturbating etc) hoping it would cover it. In my mind I felt it was clear it was a good confession and that these were habitual sins.
I should add he said for all these sins and all of the sins of your past I absolve you…