I have several confession related questions:
When in Confession and you confess all the sins you recall and ask for forgiveness of the sins you don’t remember, should you confess those sins if they are recalled to your memory at a later date?
To tie into the question above, what if I left the Church for 11 years, and can’t remember if I confessed certain sins from my teenage years, should I confess them now if I don’t remember ever confessing them before, and if I did confess them before, but can’t remember, does that matter?
Do you enjoy going to confession? For me, while I do enjoy the after affect, not feeling guilty anymore, I don’t find the act of confession comforting in the slightest. In fact, this weekend when I went to Confession, the Priest kind of laughed at me - in frustration maybe? Everytime I go to confession and have this particular priest, he is always the same. I mean, I can understand the frustration of listening to so many people saying the same things over and over, but where is the grace and forgiveness? His attitude in confession makes me hesitant or put off going. For instance, I missed Mass in June once. I haven’t received Holy Communion since and avoided going to confession because I kind of fear going to his confession. Then I go and he basically laughs when I tell him when I missed Mass and here it is end of July and I am just now confessing it.
The problem is, there isn’t a guarantee that there will be another priest at my church for confession at any given time, it is mainly this priest in particular.
My daughters ages 10 and 11 are going to be having their first confession real soon. I don’t want them to get this spirit of fear that I am getting so early. So, I am going to try my hardest to have them go to confession only with other priests, is this wrong of me?