Was in a discussion and a few questions came up that we couldnt’ answer. Hoping you all can help.
- We know that God will forgive a mortal sin with perfect contrition prior to that person getting to confession. We know that perfect contrition is sorrow arrising for the love of God. We also know that imperfect contrition, that is sorrow arrising out of fear of hell, is not sufficient for God to forgive a person in mortal sin until Sacremental Confession. So, the question is, can a person have both perfect and imperfect contrition at the same time? That is, can a person be sorrowful for offending God (perfect) and sorrowful for fear of hell (imperfect) at the same time? If so, a person with both could have faith of God forgiving them even before the confessional.
Along those lines, can or should a person who only has imperfect contrition have hope that God would forgive them if something were to happen to them prior to making it to confession?
- We’ve always been taught that if a person commits a mortal sin, that person should go to confession as soon as they can. What does this specifically mean? Does it mean the next Saturday confessions are offerred? Does it mean call the priest and make a personal appointment the next day? Does it mean wake up the priest in the middle of the night on the emergency line?