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[quote:m0bk23jk]Both reasons for confession are acceptable in the Sacrament. However, outside the Sacrament of Reconciliation only perfect contrition is valuable, and even then, are you positive you have perfect contrition ” title=”Smile” />[/quote:m0bk23jk]
I know what you mean. It takes a lot to be fully sorry and firmly resolve that you will never sin again. The worst part is, though, when you end up doing the sin all over again.
Let me ask this: when we say at mass “[color=darkblue:m0bk23jk]Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed[/color:m0bk23jk]” what impact does that have on our need to seek reconciliation? Like, if I was truly repentant of my sins at that point in the mass and then I said those words is it almost as good if I had gone to confession? I know that actual confession is always recommended, but I am just trying to figure out the theology behind that part of the mass. ” title=”Smile” />