In confession the other day, I confessed a repeated mortal sin and was told by the priest that he couldn’t offer absolution at this time. He was very kind about it and I don’t have a problem with him, but I’m a little confused about something.
He asked if I plan to quit committing the sin. I couldn’t honestly say “yes,” since due to our sinful nature we have an attachment to sin. I feel that when confessing ANY sin, we know that we will probably commit the same sin again, but the sacraments help give us the strength to overcome it. When confessing, I hope to not commit the same sins, and pray that God will give me strength to overcome any temptations, but I couldn’t say for sure that I would not commit the sin again.
So here’s my questions…
How is this different than any other time any of us go to confession?
Also, I know that I am unable to receive any sacraments until I first receive absolution. How can I do this? I can’t just lie and say that I won’t commit any of the same sins again.
Should I seriously just go to another priest that I know won’t ask any questions? I wouldn’t really feel right doing that either.