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Definition of Penance

Penance

  1. Repentance.
  2. Pain; sorrow; suffering.
  3. A means of repairing a sin committed, and obtaining pardon for it, consisting partly in the performance of expiatory rites, partly in voluntary submission to a punishment corresponding to the transgression. Penance is the fourth of seven sacraments in the Roman Catholic Church.
  4. To impose penance; to punish.

Penance Quotations

This is me, a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze. And this is what I said when they asked me if I would accept my election as pontiff. I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ, and I accept in a spirit of penance.
Pope Francis

I've always felt like an alien trapped in a human form. We all do at some time or other; for me it's a permanent state, and I'm still unsure if Earth is a penance or a reward.
Douglas Coupland

Three conditions are necessary for Penance: contrition, which is sorrow for sin, together with a purpose of amendment; confession of sins without any omission; and satisfaction by means of good works.
Thomas Aquinas

Start the practice of self-control with some penance; begin with fasting.
Mahavira

A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.
H. L. Mencken
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Penance Translations

penance in Latin is penitentia
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