As some may have noticed, my little info sidebar as changed. A few weeks ago, I was officially enrolled into the Orthodox catechumenate. Now that I am here, I have a question for you all.
I would like to know more about making Holy Confession during the catechumenate. I have heard my priest tell catechumens before that they may go to confession during their catechumenate, and that it would be considered part of their life confession. They receive an absolution at the last confession of the catechumenate, as they are prepared to be illumined and received by Holy Baptism (or Holy Chrismation, as the case may be). He has extended the same option to me. He doesn't pressure us into it or anything, just makes it available. I like that this is an option, but I find myself indecisive about whether to make use of it or not. I could go to confession, but I will not receive absolution until later. While it would help me get into the "habit" of confession, I believe I would also feel as if I were on a tight rope. I have confessed, but I am not forgiven. I'm finding difficulty putting this thought and emotion into words, now that I am actually typing, so I apologize. I guess I can just cut myself off and say that I simply feel unsure about the practice on a personal level. What are people's opinions, pros and cons, about this practice?