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PURGATIVE WAY

The primary stage in mental prayer, according to the teaching of Sts. Theresa of Avila ,ad John of the Cross. The soul's chief concern in this stage of perfection is an awareness of its sins, sorrow for the past,and a desire to expiate the offenses against God.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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