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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.

"There is nothing which gives greater security to our actions, or more effectually cuts the snares the devil lays for us, than to follow another person’s will, rather than our own, in doing good."
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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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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