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Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.
She nursed him, she read to him, she anticipated his wants, and was solicitous about his feelings; but there had entered into the husband's mind the certainty that she judged him, and that her wifely devotedness was like a penitential expiation of unbelieving thoughts--was accompanied with a power of comparison by which himself and his doings were seen too luminously as a part of things in general.
When I reproved them, or refused to gratify their wishes, after a glaring fault, it should be more in sorrow than in anger: their little hymns and prayers I would make plain and clear to their understanding; when they said their prayers at night and asked pardon for their offences, I would remind them of the sins of the past day, solemnly, but in perfect kindness, to avoid raising a spirit of opposition; penitential hymns should be said by the naughty, cheerful ones by the comparatively good; and every kind of instruction I would convey to them, as much as possible, by entertaining discourse--apparently with no other object than their present amusement in view.
It is the year's carnival ere the dull Lenten days of leafless valleys and penitential mists come.
We shall therefore suppress the rest of this conversation, and only observe that it ended at last with perfect innocence, and much more to the satisfaction of Jones than of the lady; for the former was greatly transported with the news she had brought him; but the latter was not altogether so pleased with the penitential behaviour of a man whom she had, at her first interview, conceived a very different opinion of from what she now entertained of him.
Must one clatter like kettledrums and penitential preachers?
Melancholy streets, in a penitential garb of soot, steeped the souls of the people who were condemned to look at them out of windows, in dire despondency.
From the earliest years of the penitential discipline in the patristic age confessors made no clear distinction between the judicial forum and the sacramental institution.
Here Ex Cathedra was joined by its Baroque Orchestra boasting an impressive array of names, and it was scintillating to relish here the variety of oboes responding to Bach's detailed demands, the rasping double-basses, and a viola da gamba which delivered the usually purgatorial solos for this instrument without any penitential grittiness.
Now the churches are challenged to continue the dialogue, deepening the consensus by settling the other issues related to this doctrine at the epicenter of Western fragmentation, among them the penitential practice of the churches of which indulgences may be the most decisive dimension.
It begins with seemingly steadfast resolutions, but, under the weight of a fast-paced and stressful world, it comes to a quick spiritual end, with most penitential promises going unfilled.