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RESIGNATION

The acceptance of God's will in all circumstances of life, and especially during heavy trial or suffering. Also called abandonment, it has as its object the submission of one's own preferences or hopes to the dispositions of Providence. In canon law, resignation is the voluntary withdrawal of a person duly elected or appointed to an ecclesiastical office. In order to be valid, the resignation must be accepted by an authorized person or body in the Church.

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

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