From a reader…
Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got a little tense and because I think it is already forgiven since I was just confessing sins I forgot last confession… Though I’m trying to remember it until now so I could bring it to the confessional next time. Thank you!
While we are obliged to confess all mortal sins in both kind (the sort of sin) and number (how many times or frequency), we are not obliged to do what is impossible.
If we can’t remember something, we can’t confess it.
People have memory lapses, especially when they are a little nervous, as people often are when they make their confession. It is a common occurrence.
The important thing to know – and to do – is that we must do our very best when making our confession.
If you sincerely and truthfully confessed what you could remember, then all your sins were forgiven. If you subsequently remember something that you didn’t confession before, then confess it the next time you go.
By remembering it, you do not fall back into the state of sin. However, you still should confess what you remembered when you next go.
I hope this helps.
And for everyone else reading this…
GO TO CONFESSION!