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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.

"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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