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1. Contrition

1. Contrition as a part of penance is asupernatural sorrow for sins, stirred up in the heart by the willunder grace, with a view to confessing the sins, and makingsatisfaction for them.

2. Contrition, in so far as it is in the will and not inthe emotions merely, is an act of the virtue of penance.

3. Contrition is born of filial fear of God, and thusproceeds according to charity. Sorrow for sin which arises fromservile fear of deserved punishment is a less perfect sorrow; it iscalled, not contrition, but attrition. Attrition cannotturn into contrition, for these two types of sorrow for sin are notonly different in degree but different in kind. Attrition may giveplace to contrition, but cannot become contrition.

"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"God commands not impossibilities, but by commanding he suggests to you to do what you can, to ask for what is beyond your strength; and he helps you, that you may be able."
St Augustine

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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