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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.

"It is better to be burdened and in company with the strong than to be unburdened and with the weak. When you are burdened you are close to God, your strength, who abides with the afflicted. When you are relieved of the burden you are close to yourself, your own weakness; for virtue and strength of soul grow and are confirmed in the trials of patience."
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"God gives us some things, as the beginning of faith, even when we do not pray. Other things, such as perseverance, he has only provided for those who pray."
St Augustine

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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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