" The conversion of the heart cannot fail to include penitence. In a certain sense, that is the principal element. In fact, it is the essential element. Penitence means a profound change of heart under the influence of the word of God. It is a commitment to restore the equilibrium and harmony shattered by sin and therefore change direction, even at the cost of sacrifice. The resolutions of conversion and repentance, in order to be authentic and enduring, must be translated into concrete penitential acts."
St. John Paul II
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