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15. Means of Making Satisfaction

1. Since hardship or punishment is the remedy for sins, itis the means for making satisfaction for sins. For satisfactionlooks to the future as well as to the past; it seeks to remedy harmdone and to prevent it from being done anew. For both purposes,penal works, works involving some sort of pain, are to be used.

2. Submitting with patience to the trials and hardships oflife that come upon us in the way of Providence, is a good andprofitable way of making satisfaction for sins.

3. Satisfaction should take something away from us (goods,comfort, convenience, etc.) for the honor of God. By givingalms, we take material things from ourselves to honor Godin our fellowmen. By praying we submit all we are and allwe have to God. By fasting we deprive the body of itscomfort and convenience. Here, then, are suitable means of makingsatisfaction: almsgiving, prayer, fasting.

"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"A man should keep himself down, and not busy himself in mirabilibus super se."
St Philip Neri

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"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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