Help Please - Contrition versus Perfect Contrition


#1

Hello,

What is the difference between an “Act of Contrition” and an “Act of Perfect Contrition”?

Thanks so much for any information.


#2

Well we have couple of things here 1) the pray said after confession but before absolution-"O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you, and I detest all my sins, because of Your just punishments, but most of all because they offend You, my God, who are all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin" 2) You have Perfect Contrition which is a sincere sorry and request for forgiveness and 3) Attrition which is when one goes through the motion but does truly means it. for more see newadvent.org/cathen/02065a.htm

hope that helps


#3

See Catechism of the Catholic Church

1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called “perfect” (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible.51

1453 The contrition called “imperfect” (or “attrition”) is also a gift of God, a prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is born of the consideration of sin’s ugliness or the fear of eternal damnation and the other penalties threatening the sinner (contrition of fear). Such a stirring of conscience can initiate an interior process which, under the prompting of grace, will be brought to completion by sacramental absolution. By itself however, imperfect contrition cannot obtain the forgiveness of grave sins, but it disposes one to obtain forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance.52


#4

This is the Act of Perfect Contrition:

“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life. Amen.”

It’s the exact same as the normal Act of Contrition, with the resolution “to confess my sins” added. This is because perfect contrition requires a resolve to confess if and when confession is available - and you wouldn’t resolve to confess your sins in the normal Act which is usually said in the confessional itself.


#5

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