With regard to the redemption of sold houses, the Law distinguished between dwellings in walled cities and dwellings in unwalled places.For the former houses, the right of redemption lasted only a full year from the day of sale, at the end of which they fell forever to their respective purchaser.
It is necessary for all who wish to attain Christian perfection.
Without it, it is most difficult to make progress in virtue.
Redemption means either strictly deliverance by payment of a price or ransom, or simply deliverance by power, as from oppression, violence, captivity, etc.
In the Hebrew Text, the idea of redemption is directly expressed by the verbs ga’ál and padah, and by their derivatives to which the word kophér (ransom) is intimately related.
For the latter, there was no term fixed for their redemption, and if unredeemed before the Jubilee they then freely reverted to their original owners.
The houses of the Levites, however, could be redeemed at any time, and reverted to them if unredeemed before the year of Jubilee ( Leviticus -34 ).
Recollection, as understood in respect to the spiritual life, means attention to the presence of God in the soul.
It includes the withdrawal of the mind from external and earthly affairs in order to attend to God and Divine things.
Every other Israelite, whether male or female, could be consecrated to God by a personal vow, or by the vow of those to whom he or she belonged.