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active life

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

As distinguished from the ‘contemplative life’, the ‘active life’ means (1) the cultivation of the Christian virtues and (2) a life devoted to Christian works, esp. works of fraternal...

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Day of Atonement

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

The annual Jewish fast day designed to cleanse the people from sin and to re-establish good relations between God and His chosen ones. Much of the ritual ordered in the OT has necessarily...

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spiritual works of mercy

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity.

Traditionally there are seven: converting the sinner; instructing the ignorant; counselling the doubtful; comforting the sorrowful; bearing wrongs patiently; forgiving injuries; praying for...

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