A long time ago I went to confession. I confessed a mortal sin, but there was an aspect to the mortal sin that makes it far worse. It’s probably two mortal sins. But when I went to confession I confessed the one aspect to my sin but withheld the other aspect out of embarrassment. Shortly after I mustered up the courage to just get it over with and go to confession again, I told the priest that I had previously went to confession for this mortal sin but purposely left a huge part of it out, and so I reconfessed the sin and I told him the other part that makes it even more terrible. BUT, when I went to confession the second time I didn’t tell him that I PURPOSELY left out the second part. I did not confess my sacreligious confession.
Both of these confessions were like a year ago, and I don’t think I purposely intended to leave out the sacreligious confession issue, I was really nervous because what I did is really bad and so what I said to the priest I said "I went to confession a while ago and confessed this but I forgot to add that … ". So… Because this was a year ago and it’s hard to remember my exact intentions, I’m just feeling like…have I been in the state of mortal sin for an entire year??? I know I didn’t neglect to confess my sacrelige totally on purpose because I went to confession for the second time to spill ALL the beans in order to set everything straight. I was just really really nervous. But I’m freaking out. Should I go and confess all three mortal sins AGAIN?
I’m not normally a scrupulous person. At all. In fact I have the opposite problem. But this is mortal sin and I’m afraid I’m going to go to hell. I do love God now and by His grace am a much better Catholic than before but I feel I really messed this one up.
So, if people aren’t really understanding what I did I’ll make an example but none of these sins are what I did. It’s just an example.
Say, I murdered my mother. I went to confession and confessed murder, but didn’t tell the priest that not only did I break the commandment thou shalt not kill, but I also broke the commandment that says honour thy father and thy mother. Out of fear I did not confess dishonouring my mother.
Then, wanting to make this sacreligious confession right, I went back to confession and told the priest I’d already confessed killing, but “I forgot to say that” I killed my mother. During this confession I did not confess making a sacreligious confession. However, I was very nervous and didn’t do it out of pure fear or malice or something.
So, should I go back and confess all three sins all over again?
For the record, the priest was extremely compassionate. Thank the Lord for such holy priests.