[quote=labbo606]jimmy akin, mentioned something about forgivness on catholic answers, which did not make sense to me. some of you may heard him saying, the person need to be repentant befor he is forgiven.he also said god does not forgive unless the person is repentant.
Here is a “Prayer before Confession” It is somewhat long so please read the whole thing, in the middle I think is a clear explaination of having to be repentant and why.
O Almighty and most merciful God, who has made me out of nothing, and redeemed me by the precious Blood of Thine only son; Who hast borne with me to this day with so much patience, notwithstanding my sins and ingratitude, behold me, O Lord, prostrate at Thy feet to implore Thy forgiveness. I desire most sincerely to leave all my evil ways, to forsake this region of death where I have so long lost myself, and to return to thee, the Fountain of life. I desire, like the prodigal child, to enter seriously into myself, and with the like resolutions to rise without delay and go home to my Father, though I am infinitely unworthy to be called His child, in hopes of meeting with the like reception from His most tender mercy. I know Thou desirest not the death of a sinner, but that he may be converted and live. I know Thy mercies are above all Thy works; and I most confidently hope, that as in Thy mercy Thou hast spared me so long, and hast now given me this desire of returning to Thee, so thou wilt finish the work Thou hast begun, and bring me to a perfect reconciliation with Thee.
I desire now to comply with Thy holy institution of the sacrament of penance. I desire to confess my sins with all sincerity to Thee and to Thy minister, and therefore, I desire to know myself and to call myself to an account by a diligent examination of my conscience.
But, O my good God, what will it avail me to know my sins, **if Thou dost not also give me a hearty sorrow and repentance for them? Without this, my sins will be all against me still and I shall** **be still Thine enemy and a child of hell**. Thou insistest upon a change of heart, without which there can be no reconciliation with Thee; Oh! Give it me, then, dear Lord, at this time. Give me a lively faith and a firm hope in the Passion of my Redeemer. Teach me to fear Thee and to love Thee. Give me, for Thy mercy's sake, a hearty sorrow for having offended so good a God.
O Blessed Virgin, Mother of my redeemer, mirror of innocence and sanctity, and refuge of penitent sinners, intercede for me, through the Passion of Thy son, that I may obtain the grace to make a good confession. O, all you blessed Angels and Saints of god, pray for me, a most miserable sinner that my heart may henceforward be forever united with yours in eternal love, and never more go astray from the sovereign Good. Amen.