Let me start by saying that I have issues with scrupulosity. I recently went to confession, and after leaving started to doubt whether the priest used the proper form of absolution. I didn’t really have any reason to doubt it, besides the fact that after saying my Act of Contrition and hearing the penance, I was focusing upon that. I zoned out a bit, and didn’t realize til I left the church that I wasn’t positive I heard the absolution. Now I know those sins are still forgiven, even if he did forget to say the prayer of absolution. However, my concern is whether I should mention those sins at my next confession. On the one hand, I want to be thorough, but on the other, I don’t want to enable my scrupulosity. I have serious issues with it, and it seems to get worse when I do research. It just so happens that I was reading an article on invalid forms of Absolution right before my last confession, so I wonder if that influenced me to have these doubts.
Anyways, my question is, does anyone have any advice? I could really use some help, both for this particular situation, as well as my overall struggle with scrupulosity. Sometimes it’s okay, but other times it almost becomes paralyzing, making it impossible to move or think about anything else. At those times, I just have to hand myself over to Jesus, and trust in his loving guidance.
So any advice?