Does attrition only have to be a fear of hell and the dread of the loss of heaven? Can other reasons with both of those also count as attrition?
Do you mean “contrition”?
being sorry for your sins? Yes, contrition can include these fears, but perfect contrition must include a true love for God, and the sorrow for having offended him.
“Imperfect contrition” is also called “attrition.”
Thank you, Paul!
one truly does learn something new each and every day!
Let me rephrase: If you are sorry for your sins other than fear of hell and the dread of the loss of heaven, are you sufficiently sorry for your sins? Can you have other reasons and the fear of hell and the dread of the loss of heaven together to be worthy of confession?
Contrition-sorry for offending God
Attrition-sorry because of hell/loss of heaven
For more info
Attrition: Definition - Merriam-Webster Dictionary: [Middle English *attricioun, from Medieval Latin attrition-, attritio, from Latin] : sorrow for one’s sins that arises from a ["]motive]("http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/motive[1) other than that of the love of God.
Baltimore Catechism No. 3
Q. 767. What is imperfect contrition?
A. Imperfect contrition is that by which we hate what offends God because by it we lose heaven and deserve hell; or because sin is so hateful in itself.
Q. 768. What other name is given to imperfect contrition and why is it called imperfect?
A. Imperfect contrition is called attrition. It is called imperfect only because it is less perfect than the highest grade of contrition by which we are sorry for sin out of pure love of God’s own goodness and without any consideration of what befalls ourselves.
Q. 769. Is imperfect contrition sufficient for a worthy confession?
A. Imperfect contrition is sufficient for a worthy confession, but we should endeavor to have perfect contrition.