perfect contrition


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perfect contrition

sorrow for sin, coming from a love of God for His own perfections. [Christianity: Misc.]
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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.
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.
An act of perfect contrition is essential to save our souls, when, being in danger of death and in a state of mortal sin, we cannot go to Confession.
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.
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.
In this poem, the movement from imperfect to perfect contrition as described and articulated in doctrinal sources is made manifest.
Just as the speaker in "A Cristo crucificado," Lope's sinner expresses perfect contrition as a response to perfect love.
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.
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).