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5. The Effect of Contrition

1. Contrition, when it is a perfect act of the supernaturalvirtue of penance, blots out sin. As part of the sacrament ofpenance, contrition operates instrumentally for the forgiveness ofsin, which is effected by this sacrament.

2. Contrition or sorrow for sin may be so perfect as totake away all punishment due to sin as well as the guilt of the sinitself.

3. Sorrow which is true and perfect contrition blots outsin. The want of sensible sorrow (that is, the feeling or emotionof sorrow) is no hindrance to the perfection of contrition, forcontrition belongs essentially to the will and not to thefeelings.

"This is the greatest wisdom -- to seek the kingdom of heaven through contempt of the world. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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