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REAL VOW

A promise made to God to grant or give something tangible (not a personal service). The obligation of a real vow descends to the heirs. Thus if a testator dies without having dispensed an alms he or she vowed to give, the heirs must give the alms.

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

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