Paragraph 1453

1453. The contrition called “imperfect” (or “attrition”) is also a gift of God, a prompting of the Holy Spirit. It is born of the consideration of sin’s ugliness or the fear of eternal damnation and the other penalties threatening the sinner (contrition of fear). Such a stirring of conscience can initiate an interior process which, under the prompting of grace, will be brought to completion by sacramental absolution. By itself however, imperfect contrition cannot obtain the forgiveness of grave sins, but it disposes one to obtain forgiveness in the sacrament of Penance.52


Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

363. What is freedom?

221. In what way is the Father the source and the goal of the liturgy?

592. What is the sense of the petition “Give us this day our daily bread”?

449. What is perjury?

478. What care must be given to the dying?

249. Is everything immutable in the liturgy?

426. What is merit?


Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

How does the story of Judith, in particular, the episode of her cunning in Judith 11:1-16, teach us survival strategies in difficult times, according to the Bible?

How the Annunciation Story Can Inspire Us to Trust God (Luke 1:26-38)

What does the Song of Songs teach us about the search for the loved one?

What is the importance of faithfulness to God, according to the book of Tobias?

What is the story behind the miracle of Elisha’s resurrection of the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4?

How important is Esther’s purpose and mission in Esther 4:14?

What is the message behind the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican?