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1452 When it arises from a love by which God is loved above all else, contrition is called "perfect" (contrition of charity). Such contrition remits venial sins; it also obtains forgiveness of mortal sins if it includes the firm resolution to have recourse to sacramental confession as soon as possible. 51

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PART TWO: THE CELEBRATION OF THE CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

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SECTION TWO: THE SEVEN SACRAMENTS OF THE CHURCH

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CHAPTER TWO: THE SACRAMENTS OF HEALING

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ARTICLE 4: THE SACRAMENT OF PENANCE AND RECONCILIATION

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VII. THE ACTS OF THE PENITENT

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51 Cf. Council of Trent (1551): DS 1677.

English Translation of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church for the United States of America © 1997, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.