They could be added to the satisfactions actually done by penitents.
And 1 In a letter dated the 4th of April 1882, referring to the publication of his drama Mary Stuart, Swinburne wrote, to Edmund Clarence Stedman: "Mary Stuart has procured me two satisfactions which I prefer infinitely to six columns of adulation in The Times and any profit thence resulting.
When the sins confessed were very heinous the satisfactions were correspondingly severe and sometimes lasted over many years.
Satisfactions took the new meaning of the temporal punishments due in this life and the substitute for the pains of purgatory.
Thus Satisfactions became not merely signs of sorrow but actual merits, which freed men from the need to undergo the temporal pains here and in purgatory which their sins had rendered them liable to.