Jumping In and Out of Hell
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(03-19-2018, 11:57 AM)SacraCor714 Wrote: I have one question. Someone mentioned making a "perfect act of contrition." Is that not impossible? Don't we all have a little of the fear of hell in us? How can I know if my act of contrition is truly perfect or tainted more by fear of hell over the fear of offending God?

One motives does not exclude a second motive unless they are not able to be ordered, one to the other.

For example, if I want to go to New York from Los Angeles and also to Denver, I can do both. I can go to NYC via Denver. But if I want to eat a slice of cake, but also have a slice later, I cannot do both, because one excludes the other—I can't have my cake and eat it, too.

Perfect contrition is the hatred of one's sins because they offend God, the resolution to confess as soon as reasonably possible (not immediately), the resolution to try to avoid the occasions of sin and do penance.

That does not preclude also hating your sins because of the fear of the punishment.

One can fear having broken dad's favorite mug playing football in the house both because he told you not to play in the house and is going to be justly offended by your disobedience, but also because you might get a really severe punishment.

So, no, a perfect act of contrition if not impossible, and in fact an imperfect act helps dispose us toward a perfect act. While you can never absolutely be sure that the act is perfect, just like you can never know you are in the state of grace, still you can have a moral certainty in both cases.

It is important though to ask God to give you the grace to make a perfect act of contrition, and also ask Our Lady and your Guardian Angels, who can pray that you receive such a grace and so make a perfect act.
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Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 02:15 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-16-2018, 02:25 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 02:38 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 02:41 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 02:51 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Galahad3 - 03-16-2018, 02:44 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 03:25 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 03:38 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-16-2018, 08:00 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by FultonFan - 03-16-2018, 08:32 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-17-2018, 02:12 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-17-2018, 09:21 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 06:25 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-18-2018, 06:53 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 07:11 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-18-2018, 01:10 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-18-2018, 01:31 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 02:49 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 03:33 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:51 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Galahad3 - 03-16-2018, 03:29 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Poche - 03-17-2018, 01:09 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by IntoTheMystic - 03-18-2018, 08:22 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by GangGreen - 03-18-2018, 09:40 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:25 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Rivers - 03-19-2018, 03:43 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by SacraCor714 - 03-19-2018, 11:57 AM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by MagisterMusicae - 03-19-2018, 02:19 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by Ptochos - 03-21-2018, 12:36 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by GangGreen - 03-21-2018, 01:40 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by BC - 03-21-2018, 02:11 PM
RE: Jumping In and Out of Hell - by gracemary5 - 03-23-2018, 12:24 PM



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