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The word is used in many senses: 1. The totality of church laws and traditions regulating the believers' spiritual life, and church order. In this meaning it comprises all Church activities, such as the administration of sacraments, offices, feasts, devotions, etc. 2. A system of mortification, especially through the monastic life. 3. A kind of penalty the penitent accepts from his spiritual father to help him in his spiritual life, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

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