I went to confession about two months ago (I’m 25 years old but this was my first time going in over ten years and only about the third time in my life).
Anyway, the confession didn’t go well. I intended to confess a ton of sins, but I was so nervous that my mind sort of went blank, I couldn’t recall all my sins in that moment, and I could barely even form a comprehensible sentence. So I only ended up confessing some of the stuff, but not everything.
Two weeks later I went back to confession when I wasn’t so nervous and tried explaining this to the priest, and I asked him if I should try confessing it again. He told me that as long as I had intended on confessing everything and not deliberately withheld it, that all my sins that I intended on confessing had also been forgiven.
However, I was recently looking back on this. In addition to me not recalling all my sins (which was completely unintentional), I also remember having feelings of shame (I was very nervous but also ashamed). I honestly do not know whether or not my shame had in any way contributed to my incomplete confession.
What concerns me the most is that at least one of my unconfessed sins (possibly more) was mortal, and I had subsequently received the Eucharist (under the assumption that my confession was valid and that I was no longer in a state of mortal sin).
Could someone tell me for certain whether or not my sins have been forgiven? Should I bring all this up at my next confession?
Also, since I’m new to confession, could someone tell me how specific a confession is supposed to be? I’m a little confused… do I have to say the number of times I’ve committed every sin, or just the mortal sins? And if I cannot recall the number, then what am I supposed to say? Would saying “multiple times” be specific enough? Also, what other information is necessary? If the priest does not ask for clarification then does that mean it was explained well enough?