Awesome exegesis on why we must do penance for others

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From Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year (reading for Friday in Lenten Ember Week – I pray you had a good one!), a really good explanation for spiritual works of mercy for others:

Let us not forget the ancient discipline of the Church, during Lent.  We should frequently be at a loss to understand Her liturgy of this season, unless we picture Her to ourselves as preparing the public penitents for a renewed participation in the mysteries. But first they must be reconciled with God, whom they have offended. Their soul is dead by sin’ can it be restored to life? Yes’; we have God’s word for it. The lesson from the prophet Ezechiel, which the Church began yesterday for the catechumens, is continued today for the benefit of the public penitents. IF the wicked do penance for all his sins, which he hath committed, and keep all My Commandments…

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