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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.

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

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"A tree that is cultivated and guarded through the care of its owner produces its fruit at the expected time. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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