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.
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.”