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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.

"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"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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"Lord, here burn, here cut, and dry up in me all that hinders me from going to You, that You may spare me in eternity."
St Louis Bertrand

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