I was in a discussion with a dear friend recently, in which we were talking about perfect contrition. I found myself saying that “I hope my soul is perfectly contrite”, and it got me thinking.
Can the soul be perfectly contrite if one acknowledges that part of one’s motivation for repentance is a fear of hell?
Can one know with any certainty how contrite one’s soul is?
The reason I ask is this: I am sorry for my sins because they are wrong (i.e., they offend God), but I am terrified of the prospect of hell, too – as I assume most people are.
I’m curious to hear your thoughts. Thanks in advance!