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used in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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self-punishment, prayer, or other atonement (action to make up for wrong-doing)


a religious sacrament (practice) often called confession involving confession, forgiveness, and atonement
  • He was young, kind, tolerant and easy on the penances.
    Chapter 6 (35% in)
  • She said her penance using her mother-of-pearl rosary to keep count of the prayers.
    Chapter 6 (39% in)
  • She resolved that no matter what penance Father gave her, she would triple it voluntarily.
    Chapter 27 (97% in)
  • I'm a bad Catholic because I miss mass once in a while and I grumble when, at confession, I get a heavy penance for something I couldn't help doing.
    Chapter 45 (96% in)

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