Like many young people, I am struggling with chastity. To be blunt, I am trying to break the habit of masturbation. Sometimes I do well for a couple of weeks, but other times I’ll fall twice in just a single week. I feel best Confessing this mortal sin as soon as possible after it happens, particularly since I attend daily Mass a few days a week and want to take Communion at Mass.
If I have a bad week, is it OK to go to Confession twice in a week? Or even just a couple of days apart? It doesn’t seem like any of my friends go to Reconciliation so often, even though they probably all struggle with this sin as well. I also went to a priest once to confess this sin, and he made it sound like it wasn’t a big deal (but I know it’s a grave matter from the Catechism). The same priest also gave the impression that it was an abnormally short time since my last Confession (it had been a little under 2 weeks). After that experience, I’ve gotten more confused. I know it’s serious and I need to Confess it, but do I need to do so after every “slip”? I’m pretty sure I do, but I wanted to make sure. Unfortunately, Confession at that Church is convenient, and it’s where I’m planning on going today.
Aren’t there other people who struggle with this rather addictive sin? Why do I feel like the only person who needs to go to Confession so often?
I admit I sort of shop around for various priests since I need to Confess the same sin quite often. Is this OK to do? Is it OK to go to Confession twice in a week when needed?
I guess I’m just looking for some thoughts, advice, and support. I feel like I’m the only person who needs to Confess so often, and it’s making me quite self-conscious.