"The act by
which the sinner endeavours to make reparation to God for offences committed
against him by undergoing some form of punishment." (Catholic Dictionary)
As stated in the
Catechism of the Council of Trent...
of satisfaction are reducible to three heads:
almsdeeds, which correspond to three kinds of goods which we have received
from God, those of the soul those of the body and what are called external
goods. Nothing can be more effectual in uprooting all sin from the soul than
these three kinds of satisfaction. For since whatever is in the world is the
concupiscence of the flesh, the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of
life, everyone can see that to these three causes of disease are opposed also
three remedies. To the first is opposed fasting; to the second, almsgiving; to
the third, prayer. Moreover, if we consider those whom our sins injure, we shall
easily perceive why all kinds of satisfaction are reduced especially to these
three. For those (we offend by our sins) are: God, our neighbor and ourselves.
God we appease by prayer, our neighbor we satisfy by alms, and ourselves we
chastise by fasting."
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