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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.

"Spiritual persons ought to be equally ready to experience sweetness and consolation in the things of God, or to suffer and keep their ground in drynesses of spirit and devotion, and for as long as God pleases, without their making any complaint about it."
St Philip Neri

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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