Act of Perfection Contrition

Act of Perfection Contrition

Act of Perfection Contrition

(Sacrament of Reconciliation)

“Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).”    Perfect contrition requires:

  • the love of God
  • the sincere desire for forgiveness
  • the ardent commitment to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as soon as possible, when available

Source: USCCB Secretariat of Doctrine and Canonical Affairs: “The Care of Souls and the Forgiveness of Sins During This Pandemic.”


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