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SUFFICIENT SORROW

The adequate contrition for sins confessed to obtain valid absolution in the sacrament of penance. It is sufficient sorrow if a person repents because of the fear of God's just punishments, which for mortal sin is the fear of losing heaven and deserving hell.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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