Hello, all. I was just wondering, when we are forgiven our sins at confession, I know that we must be truly sorry for them to be forgiven. but, I am still a but....murky...when it comes to this. I know that when father places the stole over my head and makes the sign of the cross, while reading the prayers of absolution, my sins are forgiven. but, does this make them like they've never happened? a truly "clean slate"?
also, if I forget a sin, but remember it (and that I forgot to confess it) after confession, was it forgiven when the sins I confessed were forgiven?
and, what does one do when he feels like he's not confessing enough? I don't mean not going to confession on a regular basis, I just mean, I don't feel like I'm telling Father enough. through reading Orthodox books, I've learned a bit about what qualifies as a sin. I can pick things out, mostly in my thoughts, that are sinful. but, my priest detests it when people make lists. so, I forget what I pointed out to myself, and, as I sit waiting to go to confession, I can only really remember like 2 or 3 sins from the past month! I don't want the priest to think I'm not taking the sacrament seriously!
what are your thoughts on this?