While the broken heart is the compassion we feel when we feel connected to all living things, the contrite spirit is the wisdom that flows from that feeling state.
Every being on the planet, human, animal and plant. Respect life as it comes from the same divine Source as yourself.
We are currently in the "Flesh" state. As such, we are fallen; slaves to Ego. Our perfect souls, and we know they are perfect because we are the children of God, were corrupted by mortality.
Even Jesus Christ couldn’t avoid the appearance of evil. Sure, his accusers could find no fault with him, but they still saw him as evil.
If the broken heart is one being open to both receiving and pouring out God’s Love, the true prayer now inscribed upon it, what then is the “contrite spirit?”
When teaching the people he had gathered in the Americas, Jesus did away with the sacrificing of animals. He asked for something more personal when he told them, “ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit.”