We need indulgences because we commit numerous sins each
day [as Scripture says, "For the just man falls seven times..." (Prov. 24:16)].
Even when we confess our sins, the slight penances given in Confession are not
sufficient to remit the temporal punishment due to sin and leave a "debt of
justice" to God. If this debt is not paid here, it must be paid after our death
purgatory, if we are saved). Indulgences, drawn from the inexhaustible 'Treasury of the
Church' (which contains the merits of
his Blessed Mother, and the
saints), are a relatively easy way of discharging the debt owed to God.
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