I have a question regarding the validity of my confession (and absolution). I will have to provide a brief background about myself before I go on.
I was born into a very nominal Catholic family. At age 16 I was finally baptised and confirmed into the Church, but after that I quickly fell away and eventually became a Protestant, for about 7+ years. Fast forward to about 4 months ago, realised I was (very) wrong about the Catholic faith and so I came back to the Church. Since I had already been baptised and confirmed in the Church I believe that all I had to do to re-enter was to go to confession, which I did. Please correct me if I’m wrong on this point as well.
I cannot remember if the priest used the correct formula of absolution for this, which was pretty much a first confession for me. I confessed everything, including many mortal sins that I was very ashamed of.
He may well have used the correct formula for absolution but I just simply cannot remember. I did not realise the necessity of this at the time and was also unsure about the formalities as I don’t think I had ever been to confession before that.
My question is this, would this count as a valid absolution? I don’t have a real reason to doubt that he used the correct formula I just can’t remember as I was not really familiar with the whole procedure at the time. He did also give me very light penance, he told me to light a candle for my penance, I lit 10!
Note: I have been going to confession fairly regularly since then (every 1-2 weeks) and the correct formula has been used, although this is at a different parish (closer to my work).
Thanks for your help!