Hello! I’m a Protestant (supposedly), but at this point I pretty much think and believe like a Catholic… but I’m 17 and living at home, so I still attend an indepedent Christian church with my parents. (They don’t know that I’m thinking about becoming a Catholic yet)
I’ve been learning a lot about the Eucharist, and I believe that (at least in a place with legit. holy orders) Christ is present. But now I’m wondering whether I should coninue to participate in communion at the protestant church or not. They preface it with the typical “and we take this symbol” remarks, and it just hurts. They’ve taken the soul out of the most beautiful sacrament, but still play at ‘celebrating’ it. This said though, I know that the pastor and congregation have no evil intentions (obviously). I’m still wondering whether I should continue to participate or not, given the nature of their Lord’s Supper. At the moment I’m afraid that if I dont, it will open up a discussion with my parents that I’m not quite ready to have. Probably not a good reason. Some thoughts would be welcome!
Also, if I do become a Catholic (I probably will when I go to college in the fall) I know I’ll have to make a first confession. Will I have to confess sins that I struggled with in the past, but haven’t committed in a very long time? I believe that I have been forgiven for those sins because at the time I hadn’t the slightest clue that I should have gone to confession. Not to mention the fact that God has given me the grace to leave them behind. (Glory be to God!) Just wondering if I would have to confess those sins or not.
Sorry to ask two questions at once! God bless!