When I made my first confession after 11 or so years, I had some serious doozies to confess. A ton of Mortal sins, a bucketful of venial sins. I am pretty sure that i was technically excommunicated for one of them. I am sure you can imagine after 11 years what that amounted to.
My son had just died and I had felt like God was calling me back for over a year before that. I guess He knew how much I would be needing Him. He absolved me, but my Penance was weird.
He asked me what I liked to do for fun or relaxation. I told him, and then he told me to go do it right now. I asked about a more conventional penance, and he told me that it wasn’t necessary.
I don’t feel absolved. I mean, I know I AM. I am not scrupulous at all. It just seemed like a strange way to do it.