My understanding of the Church's teaching on perfect contrition
is that it has at its heart a profound sorrow that we have offended God who is only good and deserves all of our love.
Reception of communion was but for the well-prepared and they were to make themselves such through lengthy, rigorous penance and by perfect contrition
. Conley deftly points out the danger of hypocrisy at Port-Royal: "Damning the mass of humanity for its pride, the Port-Royal cenacle haughtily presents itself as the vanguard of the humble chosen by God for salvation" (202).
One traditional prayer that gives sudden death structure and meaning is the Act of Perfect Contrition, a medieval formula in which love for God moves a sinner to repent of sin, ask forgiveness, and promise not to sin again.
Held at gunpoint, Holbein quietly told the Chinese converts accompanying them, "Make an act of perfect contrition." Even in his terror, a convert named Peter recalled his catechism lesson: "Perfect contrition comes from the love of God; it is the sorrow which we have for our sins because they have offended God....
While the auto sacramental presented Eucharistic teachings in a form aimed at creating a veritable pueblo teologo, the poems examined here represent an extension of popular motifs to a literate society in which an otherwise secular pastoral theme is joined with the crucifix to become a symbol of perfect love capable of eliciting perfect contrition.
The Council went further by distinguishing between imperfect contrition (or attrition) and perfect contrition: If the detestation of sin arises from the love of God, Who has been grievously offended, then contrition is termed perfect; if it arise from any other motive, such as loss of heaven, fear of hell, or the heinousness of guilt, then it is termed imperfect contrition, or attrition.
In contrast, in the anonymous sonnet addressed to Christ crucified ("A Cristo crucificado"), it is a repentant sinner who speaks and, in doing so, articulates the doctrine of perfect contrition in highly personal terms.
Although he recognizes the elements of imperfect contrition, these do not undercut the expression of perfect contrition which dominates the poem.
She asserts that through writing Feast, Hemingway came to recognize his faults and achieve "perfect contrition
While perfect contrition
is more desirable, imperfect contrition or attrition (the fear of punishment in this life or the hereafter) is sufficient for a valid confession.
Will he be satisfied with an act of perfect contrition
? In the case of immediate danger of death he could dispense from the one-hour fast and perhaps with all but an act of perfect contrition
, but I cannot answer these questions and have yet to find someone who can.
First, if a person has committed a mortal sin and has repented of it by an act of perfect contrition
, and thus become again a friend of God, that person should still not, under penalty of grave sin, receive Communion without first having gone to Confession (#1415).