Was my confession valid?


#1

Ok I went to confession tonight. I usually go over to a Monestary close by me because I like the old style confessional confession. Anyways, I made my confession and at the end the priest told me to make my act of contrition. Now I dont know if it was the fact that he was talking, or what happened but…I said the first couple lines of the act of contrition and all of a sudden my mind went completely blank. I couldnt think of anything…what I was doing…what I was suppose to say…nothing. I turned and looked at the wall, where there is a copy of it and I tried to find the place that I had left off, but as I looked at it, it was almost like it didnt make sense. I couldnt think of anything. Then there was silence, I wanted to say that I hadnt finished but I couldnt…so he gave me Absolution and I said “Thank you Father” and left. As soon as I stepped out I said the act of Contrition to myself and then walked to the pew and sat down.

My question is this was my confession valid??? I dont know what happened, it was the oddest thing.
Thanks so much for your help, this is worrying me alot.


#2

Dear Mrs.,

The validity of the sacrament does not depend on whether the person says the act of contrition or not. Your Confession was valid.

Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.


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