31 July 2009

Heads Up--Portiuncula Indulgence This Sunday

That's right, friends, one of the easiest plenary indulgences out there (assuming the usual conditions, of course) is set for Sunday-- The Portiuncula Indulgence.

This is an ancient indulgence, the conditions of which have changed often over the course of history. Rather than give that history (it is interesting, but I am short on time), let me just tell you how to obtain it.

Visit the Cathedral or Co-Cathedral Church of your Diocese, or a Franciscan Church, or your parish Church (quasi-parish churches qualify) between noon on August 1 and midnight August 3. While there, recite aloud an Our Father and the Creed.

That's it.


There are two general requirements for gaining a plenary indulgence:

Performance of a designated good work or act of piety;
Freedom from all attachment to sin, even venial sin.

Besides these, there are three conditions which must be fulfilled for any and all plenary indulgences (except the one granted for the moment of death):

Sacramental confession within 8 days before or after. However a single confession suffices for several plenary indulgences.

The reception of Holy Communion, once for each indulgence.

Prayer for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff. One Our Father and Hail Mary are sufficient, but other prayers for the Pope's intentions may be said. This is required for every plenary indulgence, except the one for the moment of death.


Anonymous said...

It is so refreshing to be reminded that we can earn God's salvation by what WE do. Until now, I thought God was in control.


Angela said...

I know that plenary indulgences grant the person receiving them the remission of the temporal punishment from sin. So do people need to get them over and over if they are not committing any mortal sins?

Latinmassgirl said...


Jesus Christ has earned us our salvation. Without His suffering and dying on the cross, we could not enter the kingdom of heaven. We must, however, live good lives and follow the Commandments given by God.

When Jesus was asked the good, rich man who claimed he was following all of the Commandments to give all of his possessions away and follow Him, he refused. Matthew 19:24 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."

We do need to do good works and truly follow Jesus to go to heaven. So we need all of the graces that we can get from The Church.

The Protestants are sadly mistaken on salvation, thinking they can just sit back, sin and automatically have eternal salvation.

Anonymous said...

"christian"- you have no idea of what you speak!

Typical, from a "protest"ant.


Methodist Jim said...


Try not to lump us all together. Some protestants, particularly those from a Calvinist tradition may, indeed, believe that "they can just sit back, sin and automatically have eternal salvation." The view of Wesleyan churches - like my own United Methodist Church - is a bit more nuanced than that. See, for example, the comments to the 7/20/09 post of James 2:19-26.

Latinmassgirl said...

Methodist Jim,

I pulled up the link about James 2:19-26 and found the article dry. "After waking up"--I wondered how you can read something like this and scoff at G.K. Chesterton?

I have noticed that sometimes when protestants look into their faith, they are led to the one true faith, the Roman Catholic Church.

There are apologetics books out there that are more "user friendly" for a busy dad, than the lofty, philosophical books the Timman sometimes recommends. You can study about the Catholic faith, and change a diaper without having to reread the previous paragraph.

I know you probably don't want to be evangelized, but you are on a Catholic blog, so I don't think I'm being too forward here.

Anonymous said...

"...is a bit more nuanced than that. "

Methodist Jim-

You're definitely on the wrong blogsite for 'nuance'!

Anonymous said...

Dear Christian and Methodist Jim,

There is no "mere Christianity" - there is Catholicism, which is Christianity. All others are deviations from the truth to one degree or another. Do not let yourselves get in the way of the truth.

John Henry Cardinal Newman once said, "To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant." But ultimately, the grace of God is what works conversions. You are both in my prayers. May God bless you.