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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.

"Shun too great a desire for knowledge, for in it there is much fretting and delusion. Intellectuals like to appear learned and to be called wise. Yet there are many things the knowledge of which does little or no good to the soul, and he who concerns himself about other things than those which lead to salvation is very unwise. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"O Lord, my God, who will seek you with simple and pure love, and not find that you are all one can desire, for you show yourself first and go out to meet those who seek you? "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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