Catechism of The Catholic Church #1431

Catechism of the Catholic Church

1431 Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace. This conversion of heart is accompanied by a salutary pain and sadness which the Fathers called animi cruciatus (affliction of spirit) and compunctio cordis (repentance of heart).



  1. its a sure cure for the root cause of all the sufferings of man – sin and the accompanying disordered passions of anger, envy, etc. . . we have to do it frequently each day, each week, each month, and its free, God knows our weaknesses and limitations; He understands why we have to do it again and again.