(In the Roman Catholic Church) actions believed to form a reserve fund of merit that can be drawn on by prayer in favour of sinners.
- Such persons, by virtue of their vows, were in a state of perfection and, by fulfilling the counsels, their ‘works of supererogation’ produced more merit than those who simply followed the Ten Commandments.
- The whole theory of indulgences and works of supererogation rests upon a false notion of our relation to God.
- The practice of granting indulgences was based on the Catholic doctrine of works of supererogation.
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