An important opportunity is coming up to receive a plenary indulgence on August 2nd. I don’t know about you, but I need all of the help I can get.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church 1471:
“An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”
“An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.” The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.
The conditions for the Portiuncula Indulgence are:
- Receive a sacramental confession with 8 days before or after the day the indulgence is sought
- Receive holy communion at mass on August 2nd
- Enter a parish church and with a contrite heart pray the Our Father, Apostles Creed, and a prayer of your choosing for the intentions of the Pope
- For a full or plenary indulgence or the indulgence you must be truly repentant and free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin.
The Portiuncula is a small church that is located within the Basilica of Our Lady of the Angels located a couple of miles from Assisi, Italy. It was old church dedicated to the Mother of God that was abandoned and St. Francis lived there and repaired it. One night St. Francis was praying the church and Jesus appeared to him and asked him what he wanted for the salvation of souls and St. Francis replied,“Lord, I a miserable sinner beg You to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. And I beg Blessed Mary, your Mother, intercessor of man, that she intercede on behalf of this grace.”
Jesus replied, “It is a very great thing that which you ask Me; but you are worthy of even greater things, Friar Francis, and greater things you will have. So I accept your request, but I want you to go to my Vicar, to whom I have given the power to bind and loose in Heaven and on earth, to ask him on my behalf for this indulgence.”
St. Francis petitioned Pope Honorius for the confirmation of this indulgence. Up until that point only partial indulgences had been granted. The Portiuncula indulgence was the first plenary indulgence ever granted in the church.
I hope you take advantage of this indulgence for yourself or the holy souls in purgatory.