I went to my first confession today and confessed as many sins that I could think of, but I was flustered - it wasn’t the priest I was expecting and I didn’t know what I was meant to say, yet the Priest was friendly and explained the process.
As I was confessing, I remembered I had used contraception within the last few weeks. Not as a contraceptive as I have not had sexual contact which could have led to pregnancy (so my intent was never to prevent pregnancy in the last few weeks), but I used it as a medicine with contraceptive side-effects. I had been silent for a while after the priest invited me to call to my mind my sins, and I was really flustered so I quickly dismissed that one, thinking it wasn’t a sin, and tried to think of another.
I was asked to say the Lord’s Prayer when I went out to the main part of the Church, and I did say it - but I’m worried I didn’t concentrate enough as before I knew it I was outside of the Church still feeling flustered and out of sorts.
When the Priest said the words of absolution I felt suddenly peaceful and happy, a huge uplifting feeling - so I feel that God has forgiven me, but still - did this confession count considering I remembered contraception? I didn’t make a conscious effort to hide it from the Priest, I just didn’t think it counted.