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penitent

Christianity
a. a person who repents his sins and seeks forgiveness for them
b. RC Church a person who confesses his sins to a priest and submits to a penance imposed by him

penitent

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The tainted soul would be cleansed of sin if the believer, kneeling before the altar with the prayer card in his hands, prayed ten Our Fathers and three Hail Marys, gazing penitently at the high flames among which the profaner of Christ lay in torment, with a fat green serpent wrapped around his naked torso, praying to Father Abraham, while the crab-red devil, wings unfurled, thick horns sprouting from his head, spilled gall into his mouth.
In the parable of the prodigal son, God, as father, overlooks the protest of the diligent older son and forgivingly welcomes back the prodigal younger son, who returns home penitently after dissipating his fortune.
Faith and Order needs to consider the right questions to put to the text so that churches will find ways of engaging out of their context with the meta-narrative in order to recognize church in themselves and in others, to acknowledge penitently where there is need of renewal, and to move together in word and social action in proclaiming the good news to the world.
Yet this same poem has been recited by Jews for centuries as they penitently lament the destruction of Jerusalem, while seated on the ground, passively awaiting their miraculous redemption--a distinctly un-Zionist posture.
Penitently, you resolve to share your descent from imagined heroics to immaculate inadequacies with the public - and hope this doesn't only confirm your transformation into Woody Allen.
Indeed, describing some Virginia Anglicans as "horse-shed Christians" seems as plausible as describing others as hegemonically elite or penitently pious.
Nina discovers a close-knit, loving family--and the dark secret that Jose has been penitently carrying throughout his everyday life.
Bewailing penitently the death of Muhammad's grandson, Kufans swore vengeance against the Umayyads.
56) Clark sued for libel, and the National Police Gazette penitently published a highly commendatory profile.
Rowan Williams has argued that, to be a community of resurrection that continues the forgiveness experienced in Christ, the church must live penitently under God's judgment.