I have met lots of people who neglect going to Confession. Here are the reasons they give for not going:
- They don't think their sins are bad enough.
- They "forget" to go.
- They have better things to do on a Saturday afternoon.
- Posted times are not convenient.
- They are not comfortable with making an appointment, "Father is really busy."
- They are uncomfortable telling their sins to someone.
- They don't trust priests anymore.
- Excuses. excuses. excuses.
You can do this. There is nothing to be afraid of. If you have not been for a long time you will have such a burden lifted. You will feel lighter and the graces you get from Confession will give you the strength to continue on.
Here are some websites to help you:
The Archdiocese of Boston has a fantastic website on Confession for this Lent. It is very good and will have everything you need. The Light is On For You
This is my favorite Examination of Conscience from Catholic Parents Online that will help you remember your sins. Pray for the grace to see all your sins first.
Feeling Bad About Confession Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes about how it is not necessarily the sins you feel bad about that are the worst.
From Perfunctory Penitence to Compelling Confession In Four Easy Steps at the Archdiocese of Washington's website. Msgr. Charles Pope discusses that just a superficial telling of sins is not enough. To be really effective you have to go deep into the why's of the sins you are committing. This is very helpful in advancing your walk with God.
Here is a quick little guide to the Seven Capital Sins & Their Contrary Virtues