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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.

"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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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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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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