reflections, updates and homilies from Deacon Mike Talbot inspired by the following words from my ordination: Receive the Gospel of Christ whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice what you teach...
Sunday, November 14, 2021
Also, to along with my homily today: Indulgences
What’s An Indulgence?
An indulgence is a remission from either part or all of the temporal punishment a soul must undergo because of sin. We’re able to receive this remission thanks to the suffering and sacrifice of Christ, as well as the suffering, sacrifice and good works of all those united with him in perfect friendship — namely, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the saints.
How do I get an indulgence?
Indulgences can be obtained in many ways, including making pilgrimages to holy sites, such as basilicas and shrines. Indulgences are also attached to special occasions, such as papal blessings or attending Mass on particular feast days, as well as through routine acts of piety — reading the Scriptures, praying the Rosary or the Way of the Cross and Eucharistic adoration.
General conditions for gaining an indulgence include:
– A Catholic must be in a state of grace.
– He must have no attachment to sin.
– He must make a good confession to a priest and receive Holy Communion.
– He must pray for the intentions of the Holy Father (typically one Our Father and one Hail Mary).
– No more than one plenary indulgence can be obtained each day.
– The indulgence may be obtained for oneself or applied to the souls of the deceased.