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87. Remission of Venial Sins

1. No sin is forgiven without repentance or penance. Yet amore perfect penance is required for the forgiving of mortal sin;each mortal sin is to be detested and rejected. A more generalgrief or sorrow is sufficient in the case of venial sins.

2. Mortal sin is removed by penance (virtue and sacrament)when grace is infused into the soul to drive out and replace sin.Venial sin does not drive out grace, and hence, in one who has nomortal sin on his soul, venial sins can be forgiven without theinfusion of new grace by a movement of grace or charity already inthe soul. Also whenever grace is newly infused, venial sins areforgiven.

3. The pious use of holy water and the exercise ofdevotional acts can suffice to take away venial sins. Such pioususes and practices always tend to remove sin, because theycan be a true movement of grace in the soul arousing love of Godand detestation of what offends him.

4. A man who has both mortal and venial sins, cannot getrid of his venial sins while the mortal sins remain. For by mortalsin a man is turned completely from God, and no sanctifying graceis in him to move for the cancellation of venial sins.

"Many words do not satisfy the soul; but a good life eases the mind and a clean conscience inspires great trust in God."
Thomas á Kempis

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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