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The reason you don't see "penance" in the Bible is because of a difference in translation: Matthew 3:2 in the English Standard Version, popular among protestants, says: "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Matthew 3:2 in the Douay-Rheims, an English translation of the Latin Vulgate and primarily used by Catholics, says: "Do penance: for the ...


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While having a sinful desire is not a sin by itself, to willingly dwell in such desires, however — by means of imagination, which amounts to actively listen to the Devil — is a sin. For instance, if you see an object of desire, and immediately are tempted to sin, there is no sin in this: but if you then indulge in imagining the sinful act, then it is a sin, ...



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