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  • n. Plural form of penance.


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  • Lacerations and what we would call penances, be it remembered, are done to the honour of a Deity; they are not a discipline like the self-whipping of the Flagellants and the jumping of the Jumpers of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

    New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century A Study of Social, Political, and Religious Developments

  • They preached, confessed, and forgave sins, declared that the blood shed in their flagellations had a share with the blood of Christ in atoning for sin, that their penances were a substitute for the sacraments of the church, and that the absolution granted by the clergy was of no avail.

    Historical Tales, Vol 5 (of 15) The Romance of Reality, German

  • When he recalled the penances practised by holy persons, his whole mind was bent on doing something to equal and even surpass them.

    The Autobiography of St. Ignatius

  • But before Browne's advent and in the days of Henry the Eighth, there had been a large, respectable, and steadily increasing party whose desire was to remain within the English church, but to purify it from superstitious rites and practices, such as penances, pilgrimages, forced oblations, and votive offerings.

    The Development of Religious Liberty in Connecticut

  • In many other things, such as penances, good works, and prayers, with His aid we can help ourselves as far as human weakness will allow.

    The Interior Castle or The Mansions

  • "What greater austerity can there be than to keep our will in subjection and In continual obedience, Reassure yourself then, O lover of voluntary penance, if, indeed, the works of self-love deserve to be called penances!

    The Spirit of St. Francis de Sales

  • "Bhishma said, 'I tell thee, O Yudhishthira, that one attains to a region of felicity that corresponds with the kind of penances that one observes.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 4 Books 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18

  • Vianney is said to have lived on a diet of potatoes, almost no sleep and very severe physical penances.

    Fr. George Rutler to deliver lecture on Cure d’Ars...

  • In order to study the religious practices of the Penitentes, a brotherhood of local men who engage in severe, medieval penances, Bain feigns a conversion to Catholicism and participates in their Lenten observances, including their dramatic public procession on Good Friday.


  • As Pope Benedict XVI stated in his letter announcing the Year for Priests, "Aside from the actual penances which the Cure of Ars practised, the core of his teaching remains valid for each of us: souls have been won at the price of Jesus 'own blood, and a priest cannot devote himself to their salvation if he refuses to share personally in the' precious cost 'of redemption.'"

    Fr. George Rutler to deliver lecture on Cure d’Ars...


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