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I've been told that if I cannot get to confession immediately after committing a mortal sin, an act of perfect contrition will keep me from going to hell if I end up dying before getting to confession. Problem is...how can I know if it's an act of perfect contrition or not? There's always more of the fear of hell in me.
(04-26-2018, 01:06 PM)SacraCor714 Wrote: [ -> ]I've been told that if I cannot get to confession immediately after committing a mortal sin, an act of perfect contrition will keep me from going to hell if I end up dying before getting to confession. Problem is...how can I know if it's an act of perfect contrition or not? There's always more of the fear of hell in me.

"Perfect contrition. Sorrow for sin arising from perfect love. In perfect contrition the sinner detests sin more than any other evil, because it offends God, who is supremely good and deserving of all human love. Its motive is founded on God's own goodness and not merely his goodness to the sinner or to humanity. This motive, and not the intensity of the act, less still the feelings experienced, is what essentially constitutes perfect sorrow.

A perfect love of God, which motivates perfect contrition, does not necessarily exclude attachment to venial sin. Venial sin conflicts with a high degree of the perfect love of God but not with the substance of that love. Moreover, in the act of perfect contrition other motives can coexist with the perfect love required. There can be fear or gratitude, or even lesser motives such as self-respect or self-interest, along with the dominant reason for sorrow, which is love for God.

Perfect contrition removes the guilt and eternal punishment due to grave sin even before sacramental absolution. However, a Catholic is obliged to confess his or her grave sins at the earliest opportunity and may not, in normal circumstances, receive Communion before he or she has been absolved by a priest in the sacrament of penance."

[Fr. John Hardon, SJ, Pocket Catholic Dictionary]
We cannot know for certain though we perhaps may have moral certainty. You must trust in God rather than yourself. Make an act of contrition and immediately offer thanks to God as if you had just confessed and resolve to sin no more and to confess ASAP. All doubts come from the devil to knock you off balance, ignore them.
What Dominicus said!