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SECOND PLANK

A term used to describe the sacrament of penance as the second (and further) opportunity that a sinner can grasp to save himself or herself spiritually if he or she loses God's friendship after baptism.

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

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