Question of the Day for Thursday, January 3, 2013
Q. I know that at times I am not in the state of grace, and to return to the state of grace, I should go to confession. Having said that, in the period before one gets the opportunity to see a priest, will an Act of Contrition restore your soul to the state of grace. How do you deal with the turmoil in your thoughts and actions? One obvious way would be prayer, but it does not restore the calm you cry out for. HELP!!!
A. Here is an answer from Father Reginald Martin:
If I sin and beg forgiveness, how can I feel calm until I am able to approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
We must distinguish several things here. St. Thomas Aquinas assures us, “The affections of the heart are more acceptable … than external acts … man is absolved from both punishment and guilt by means of external actions … therefore he is also by means of the heart’s affections, such as contrition” (ST, Supp. 5, 2).
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