Oh I was told something quite different from Tom. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I was told to confess everything I could remember. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š I prepared for it by going through the 10 commandments and listing the ways in which I had broken each one. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Though of course, in doing that, you understand each commandment in a very broad, inclusive way, so for example, under "Thou shalt not kill", you're not off the hook if you've just never killed someone. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š You must confess things like anger and gossip under that. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Then I also used the 8 virtues and vices, and looked for ways that I had failed to live up to the virtues/committed the vices. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š It took a couple of days to get it all ready. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Good luck, and glory to God for your being joined to His body!
Oh, though it is true that it is not a sacramental confession, and so officially, you could leave things out and it would techincally be fine. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š But as Elisha said, you lose a lot of spiritual benefits if you do that. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š However, don't get overly legalistic, and just remember that all your sins will be forgiven in your baptism, whether you could remember to confess them or not. ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š
And another warning: DON'T read the headings from the 10 commandments. It can lead to *misunderstandings*, like I said "murder", as a heading since it is one of the 10 commandments, and the priest freaked out and thought I had killed someone, lol.