Act of grace

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The chief and almost the only thing that hindered him from raising a formidable rebellion, was the mutual distrust they entertained of one another, each fearing that as soon as the Emperor should publish an act of grace, or general amnesty, the greatest part would lay down their arms and embrace it; and this suspicion was imagined more reasonable of the viceroy than of any other.
I can only ask," he added, "that you will be more than ever kind to me--to us--and look on the painful duty as a voluntary act of grace, prompted by kindness and affection."
But say I could repent and could obtaine By Act of Grace my former state; how soon Would highth recal high thoughts, how soon unsay What feign'd submission swore: ease would recant Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
No one interrupted him now, and he made again the confession of his faith, mastering him irresistible and complete like an act of grace: the secret of fate discovered in the material side of life; the economic condition of the world responsible for the past and shaping the future; the source of all history, of all ideas, guiding the mental development of mankind and the very impulses of their passion -
The congregation will be welcoming back Act of Grace at the 5 p.m.
When we can embrace this part of ourselves, we can truly accept the fullness of grace in the Cross and Resurrection, the act of grace that forgives our sins and heals us and the whole of creation.
It is not just a private act of grace but a meaningful safeguard against any mistakes that might have been made during sentencing.
But in those rare cases, i don't think it was a result of the individuals' own choice or effort - it was more like a spontaneous combustion, an act of grace. So i do believe that death of ego is possible, but i don't think it is an attainable goal.
"In granting pardon to convicts, the President will consider the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Parole, an office under the Department of Justice, which looks into the records and studies the circumstances of the person in order to evaluate the latter's eligibility and entitlement of the President's act of grace," Panelo explained.
He noted that the BPP looks into the records and studies the circumstances of the person to evaluate eligibility and entitlement of "the President's act of grace."
"Consulting Kenyans is not a favour or an act of grace; it is as much a basic constitutional requirement as it is a necessity for effective governance," he said.
1690 - England passed the Act of Grace, forgiving followers of James II.