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Ann Rimpler wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • If your priest gave you a penance, and
  • you did not completely understand it, and
  • did not realize it until after you left the Confessional, and
  • did not go back

  • Should you mention it the next time you go to Confession?

Ann R.

  { If you didn't grasp your penance until after leaving Confession, should you bring it up next time? }

Bob replied:

Ann,

It is not necessary, instead you could pray a Rosary.

When you go back to Confession make sure to gain clarity before you leave; it will not invalidate your Confession so long as you had a firm purpose of amendment and said your prayers as penance.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

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