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Keeping a List of Sins

QUESTION:

Hi Father, is it a sin to not obey your confessor when he tells you to do something? For example, my priest told me not to write down my sins because I am scrupulous. Is it a mortal sin if I disobey this?

RESPONSE:

I would not question such a directive from a confessor.  Indeed, asking if not complying is a mortal sin is likely a symptom of scrupulosity.  Writing sins can be perilous, not only because we can quickly compound unworthiness and sin but because there is a danger of exposure to others.  You should listen to your confessor.  Refusal to do so may be a sign that you really do not want to be forgiven.  Do you distrust the power of absolution given the priest?  Do you believe that you are unforgivable?  Trust the grace and power of God.