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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.

"As the flesh is nourished by food, so is man supported by prayers"
St Augustine

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"To do God's will -- this was the goal upon which the saints constantly fixed their gaze. They were fully persuaded that in this consists the entire perfection of the soul. "
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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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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