My local priest has a very good line of communication with the parish. He has a special email set up so you can ask questions, if you’re too embarassed to do so in person. Well, I have severe social anxiety, so this was a great way for me to communicate!
I have an anxiety disorder (I am getting help with it) and though I’m a lifelong faithful Catholic, in the last 8 months or so I have been really scared of sin and the law and doing things right! There are many issues I have pained over,r wondered over, and doubted.
So, I had been struggling with a certain moral dilema for about a month now. I had tried to solve it on my own, by research and prayer and reading, and had made a decision that this was not a sinful action. But there was one factor of it that I wanted more information on, to know if it was sinful (It’s a somewhat private matter, so I would rather not say exactly what it was, if you don’t mind)
Anyway, I was embarassed by how stupid I thought the question was. I didn’t want the priest to think that I had spent so long obsessing over something so stupid, so, the letter I wrote to my priest also addressed some other, similar issues, that had the same tone. Ones that I had struggled with in the past, but knew the answers to now. My hope was that, even though I knew those things were not issues, and he would say so, that he would address THE question if he thought it was different/sinful. Am I making sense?
He wrote me back saying I need to trust the Lord’s love, and drive these worries and fears out of my life, and relax! and I do know he’s right, but I have a slight anxiety about my letter now. I worry 2 things: One, was I lying by saying I was currently struggling with issues I knew the answer to? and Two, as I said, I was only worried about one aspect of this issue that has been bothering me, as I had already solved or sought out advice for the rest. I only asked about that aspect. I worry now I wasn’t specific enough : (
Should I leave it alone and take his advice?