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This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 64 pages of information about Baltimore Catechism No. 2 (of 4).

222.  Q. Which are the chief spiritual works of mercy?  A. The chief spiritual works of mercy are seven:  To admonish the sinner, to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to comfort the sorrowful, to bear wrongs patiently, to forgive all injuries, and to pray for the living and the dead.

223.  Q. Which are the chief corporal works of mercy?  A. The chief corporal works of mercy are seven:  To feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to ransom the captive, to harbor the harborless, to visit the sick, and to bury the dead.

LESSON TWENTIETH ON THE MANNER OF MAKING A GOOD CONFESSION

224.  Q. What should we do on entering the confessional?  A. On entering the confessional we should kneel, make the sign of the Cross, and say to the priest, Bless me, Father; then add, I confess to Almighty God and to you, Father, that I have sinned.

225.  Q. Which are the first things we should tell the priest in Confession?  A. The first things we should tell the priest in Confession are the time of our last Confession, and whether we said the penance and went to Holy Communion.

226.  Q. After telling the time of our last Confession and Communion what should we do?  A. After telling the time of our last Confession and Communion we should confess all the mortal sins we have since committed, and all the venial sins we may wish to mention.

227.  Q. What must we do when the confessor asks us questions?  A. When the confessor asks us questions we must answer them truthfully and clearly.

228.  Q. What should we do after telling our sins?  A. After telling our sins we should listen with attention to the advice which the confessor may think proper to give.

229.  Q. How should we end our Confession?  A. We should end our Confession by saying, I also accuse myself of all the sins of my past life, telling, if we choose, one or several of our past sins.

230.  Q. What should we do while the priest is giving us absolution?  A. While the priest is giving us absolution we should from our heart renew the Act of Contrition.

LESSON TWENTY-FIRST ON INDULGENCES

231.  Q. What is an Indulgence?  A. An Indulgence is the remission in whole or in part of the temporal punishment due to sin.

232.  Q. Is an Indulgence a pardon of sin, or a license to commit sin?  A. An Indulgence is not a pardon of sin, nor a license to commit sin, and one who is in a state of mortal sin cannot gain an Indulgence.

233.  Q. How many kinds of Indulgences are there?  A. There are two kinds of Indulgences—­Plenary and Partial.

234.  Q. What is a Plenary Indulgence?  A. A Plenary Indulgence is the full remission of the temporal punishment due to sin.

235.  Q. What is a Partial Indulgence?  A. A Partial Indulgence is the remission of a part of the temporal punishment due to sin.

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