There is something I need to know about confessions. I became a christian one year ago and I feel like there are more and more things I dont understand each day :). I have problems determining if what I did was a mortal sin or a venial one or if it even was a sin. This happens to me quite often. I ask my confessor before a confession to help me determine that but if I wanted to ask him every time I do something questionable, I wouldnt have time to do anything else.
So this Monday morning, when I was coming home from school, I saw a blind man in a subway station. When I came closer, I realised he was mumbling that he needs help (he didnt look injured or in bad health so I think he just wanted someone to guide him somewhere). And even though I thought I should try to help him, I just passed him. I still feel bad about that. I used to be a very shy guy and now I am not much different. It is hard for me to talk to people like this in front of other people.
Then I went to confession later that day because of mortal sins I commited the days before. I mentioned my experience with the blind man to my confessor and he told me that not helping someone is not a sin, unless that person’s life is in danger. But at first, I didnt tell him that that person was saying that he needs help and I couldnt bring myself to mention it later (probably because I thought it would make me look worse and I thought to myself that maybe it wasnt necessary). So now I am not sure if that means my confession was not honest (because of withholding that detail) and I am in trouble or not. I really have quite a bad feeling now, but it may as well be caused by having difficult times these days.