From a reader:
Due to your blog you singlehandedly managed to get me to my first confession ever (just before this lent, actually); my first, while I’m 30 years old and a cradle catholic. Obviously, that was quite a bit of a hurdle, which took me about a year (!) to overcome…
This sort of thing makes doing this worth it.
The writer made some other points the obstacles that remained to be overcome.
The writer made a decision to make a list, to let the priest sort out the doubtful points, and – because of nervousness about going to the local parish priest who didn’t seem very patient – to go to a different parish.
Sacramental preparation in some places was so bad, for so long, and the priests were lax in preaching about, preparing people for, and the actually getting to the confessional that many now adult catholics out there never made a 1st Confession as children before their 1st Holy Communion.