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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

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

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

I don't know what heavy penance I would not have gladly undertaken rather than practice prayer.
Saint Teresa of Avila

The safest and most suitable form of penance seems to be that which causes pain in the flesh but does not penetrate to the bones, that is, which causes suffering but not sickness.
Saint Ignatius

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
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Penance Translations

penance in Latin is penitentia

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