Perfect Contrition?


Would it be a perfect contrition if you were sorry for a mortal sin because you were sad/scared that you may have angered God by it? Thank you!

  • Stephie


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.

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.

(Remember too that it is possible that a person have perfect contrition but have other motives coexist with that perfect contrition) (note too that some particular “feeling” is not required per se)

(one theologian (Kenneth Baker SJ) referred to a person who-- is sorry for his sins because he realizes sin is an offense against the absolute goodness of God. A motive of the love of the absolute goodness of God in himself. (Fundamentals of Catholicism Ignatius Press)

(also note that *venial sin *can be forgiven by many ways…such as imperfect contrition)

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