A few weeks ago, I went to confession. Without going into detail here, one of my sins was that I’d received the Eucharist whilst in an unworthy state. The Priest proceeded to ask me if I had said an act of Contrition before receiving, and I answered that I had. He went on to say that since I had done so, and later gotten to confession soon afterwards, it wasn’t a sin.
The problem lies in my answer; yes, I made an act of Contrition beforehand. I hadn’t.
Now I didn’t tell the priest that I had made the act of Contrition on purpose, with the intent to distort the truth, because I know that would immediately make a bad confession!
It was a spur of the moment thing; I only realised once I’d left the confessional that I had given the wrong answer!
I worried all day, and have been to confession a few times since, yet always forget to bring this issue up. This is because at the time, I consoled myself, reasoning that:
I did my best to make an honest confession,
It was an honest mistake (it really was!), I didnt withold the correct answer on purpose.
So in my heart, I feel my confession was valid. After all, my answer only affected the Priest’s advice, I still confessed the sin, was truly sorry for it in my heart, and was given absolution.
Since it was a genuine mistake, am I alright? It’s come back to my mind now and I’m worried that over the past few weeks I’ve been recieving unworthily because of this one single event which was like a month ago! Yes, sometimes my scruples get the best of me.