Who wants a Plenary Indulgence?

Posted: September 30, 2009 by datechguy in catholic
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I wouldn’t mind it:

In this year dedicated to priests and prayer for priests, Holy Church has provided lay people with a special plenary indulgence on first Thursdays of each month.

For the faithful, a plenary indulgence can be obtained on the opening and closing days of the Year for Priests, on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. Jean-Marie Vianney, on the first Thursday of the month, or on any other day established by the ordinaries of particular places for the good of the faithful.

To obtain the indulgence the faithful must attend Mass in an oratory or Church and offer prayers to “Jesus Christ, supreme and eternal Priest, for the priests of the Church, or perform any good work to sanctify and mould them to his heart.”

The details involved are at Fr. Z’s site.

My family went to see the heart of St. John Vianney when it was in Boston a few years ago, it was quite the event:

Over 7,000 clergy, seminarians, religious and lay Catholics came to see the heart of St. John Marie Vianney, an incorrupt relic hosted by the archdiocese from Oct. 12-14, according to Father Daniel Hennessey of the archdiocesan Vocation Office, which organized the event.

The heart, encased in a reliquary of glass and gold with a wooden base, traveled from its home at the Shrine of St. John Vianney in Ars, France. It has only left the shrine on two other occasions — once for St. Vianney’s canonization in Rome and the other for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne, Germany. During this trip to the United States, the heart was hosted in New York before coming to Boston.

He was an incredible priest.

This is an excellent chance to earn such an indulgence for ourselves, a loved one or maybe a forgotten soul in purgatory. All it takes is under an hour of your life to obtain this extraordinary source of grace.

You know we Catholics have daily mass, we have the sacrament of confession, we have the Holy Eucharist, we have the Rosary, we have Sunday mass, we have the Blessed Sacrament, we have Sacred Scripture.

All of these things are there on a daily basis waiting for us to take advantage of them to bring us closer to Christ. How many Catholics take advantage of them? How often do we ignore them for worldly reasons? Are we so perfect that we don’t need to strive toward the grace of God?

Just a reminder:

Indeed the safest road to Hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts,

How is it that a person who wouldn’t put off paying a bill for the sake of their credit rating would put off a devotion for the sake of their soul?

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