Works of supererogation

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(R. C. Ch.) those good deeds believed to have been performed by saints, or capable of being performed by men, over and above what is required for their own salvation.

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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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the performance of the offices of worship and intentness on works of supererogation and seeking to practice dhikr (remembrance of God; or the practice so designated) continuously and assiduity and diligence in the quest for salvation until he traversed those steep paths and undertook those hardships--but he did not attain the goal of his questing.
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.
Auerbach will cause me to do my routine duties well this fall, but if he does not make a satisfactory arrangement with me on salary matters, I do not think I shall do many works of supererogation." Boyle hoped for a $2,500 annual salary, but when the dreaded "interview" took place in September, Auerbach offered him $2,000 for 1888.