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Acknowledgment of their Faults) to be actually reconciled to them.
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In such a Case all that can be done is this.
If there is no Opportunity of making your Acknowledgments & Present, you must then firmly resolve to do it hereafter, when a fitting Season shall be offered; and when the Persons can be found ( and decently Addressed) that you have Affronted.
Then say as fblloweth.
A Protestation of Forgiveness.
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'1 and every one ( known or unknown) whom I have Offended, Quarrelled with, or Affronted, that they would vouchsafe to Forgive me. O Lord, do thou forgive me. And , And I do freely.and heartily ; forgive all-the "V^rld, wherein soever any One hath Offended me, or done me any manner of Injury whatsoever: ^even-as I desire to be forgiven of God, and to be Absolved from my Sins, for the. Merits of my Blessed Redeemer, Amen.
OMy God , Bless all those From that I have any wayBP-Kmwronged j Have Mercy on all those, to whose Sins I have been any way accessory; and give them all Grace to forgive me. Amen.
The Sick Man having thus endeavoured (so « wr as it is in'tiis Power ) to be Reconciled to those he hath Offended: And (where he can decently do it) having ■■-,' asked Forgiveness of those he hath Affronted-, The next Instance of the Sincerity of his Repentance, is Restitution. The -pnurch Directs him: Where he hath dmi Injury or Wrings*any Man, that hemaki' , Jbttfndrti the ittftrmost of his power.
REstitution is. the surest Evidence of the Truth and Sincerity of Repentance. For without Restitution, at least in the Desire and Endeavour , there can be no true Repentance os the Sin; and Consequently no comfortable Assurance of the ffardon of it. He who refuseth to make Satisfaction, when it & in. his power, is not Penitent for the Injury he hath done, but would certainly repeat it, if lie had Ability and Opportunity.
This is indeed a very copious Subject; and the Casuists are large, and sometimes intricate, in; their Discourses upon it. But 5 must remember to whom I writ?: And*. Mail' therefore' treat of this Subject with the greatest »:. .; Plain
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mkhg Bxpanatkm or Satkfaftion to. c&u&hew \ so* the Injuries wo have Done him.
The true Method therefore to be instructed, When- and How to make Restitution, is to, 8«amjfle the several Ways and Reflects* whereby an, Injury may be done to our Neighbour-.
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*. To his- Soul. %. Mis Body, 3« His Estate. 4. HzsGoodName.
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& Neighbour's Soul.
¥ Ndeed the Soul being a Spiri-X tual Substance, can neither be hurt, nor destroyed, as the Sody. They who kill the Body, are not able to kill the Soul. ' But -' •■ '■ there
there is an Injury of an higher Nature, may be offered to the Soul. And that is , Sin and the Punishment of it. For Sin, without God's pardoning Mercy, will certainly destroy loth Soul and Body in Hell.
The Sick Man therefore is to Examine and Recollect, What Persons, and in what Manner, he hath Tempted to any Sin: Either by his Command, his Perswafion, or Example. And wherein he finds himself Guilty (having first humbly begg'd Pardon of God) let him make Reparation to the Persons Injured, as far as he can.
Which he may attempt in this Method.