I have gone to confession at different intervals in my life, and somewhat more regularly in the past 5-7 years. Nonetheless, I have been thinking of making a general confession. Some general questions:
-Is it appropriate to make a general confession, when I’ve already been going to confession and more recent sins are forgiven, along with those of one’s past life?
-How does one prepare for, and make a general confession, especially when sins can be so long ago?
-How does one actually confess a specific occasion of sin from the past, if it’s of the same type (species) of sin as already confessed? How do we distinguish this particular incident, from a different incident already confessed?
- If I think I may have confessed a sin, but am not sure if I did, should I confess it anyway?
-When is it appropriate to make a general confession? I have heard that one should make a general confession not more than once in your life, while I have read elsewhere that one should consider doing it every 10 years.