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27. The Gaining of Indulgences

1. A person in the state of mortal sin deserves, in strictjustice, the eternal pains of hell. To relieve such a man oftemporal punishment would be meaningless. Hence, to gain anindulgence, a person must be in the state of sanctifying grace.

2. Any person in the state of grace (layman, cleric, orreligious) can gain an indulgence if he meets the conditionsprescribed by the Church for gaining it, and if he has the rightdisposition, that is, if he has piety as his motive.

3. An indulgence is not gained except upon due fulfillmentof all conditions set for its gaining by the prelate who grantsit.

4. Anyone who meets all requirements can gain anindulgence, even the prelate who grants it. But such a prelatecannot grant an indulgence for his own private benefit.

"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"It is not God's will that we should abound in spiritual delights, but that in all things we should submit to his holy will."
Blessed Henry Suso

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

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