do penance

See: redeem, repent
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One Mrs Veneering and one Mr and Mrs Veneering requesting that additional honour, instantly do penance in white cardboard on the hall table.
I told him by way of a joke, afther you'd run over him so convenient that night, whin he was drunk--I said if he was a Catholic he'd do penance.
These worthies suffer in the flesh and do penance all their lives, I suppose, but they look like consummate famine-breeders.
As Coketown cast ashes not only on its own head but on the neighbourhood's too - after the manner of those pious persons who do penance for their own sins by putting other people into sackcloth - it was customary for those who now and then thirsted for a draught of pure air, which is not absolutely the most wicked among the vanities of life, to get a few miles away by the railroad, and then begin their walk, or their lounge in the fields.
The apologies raise important questions about the fundamental ecclesiologies that determine how the church, as church, might repent or do penance for the errors of the past.
Shamed Cardinal Keith O'Brien is to do penance at the Vatican in a bid to atone for his sins.
In your article "The gift of shame" (NCR, May 14), the author suggested the possibility of bishops wearing millstones rather than pectoral crosses as a sign that they are ready to do penance for the sins of the church.
They wrote: "We call upon our people voluntarily to do penance on Friday by eating less food and by abstaining from meat.
Regan didn't help matters with her explanation: ``I wanted him, and the men who broke my heart and your hearts, to tell the truth, to confess their sins, to do penance and to amend their lives.
If one is a Catholic, the question of seeking forgive-ness is an important aspect of the faith and one must do penance.
Much more needs to be done and so we must persevere and pray and do penance.
If many, like Jean-George Gargaud, a member of the Toulouse parlement, still might thank God for allowing him "to do penance in the pains of a long illness (133)," surgeons were coming to appreciate such suffering differently.