"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Friday, August 02, 2013

The Great Pardon of Assisi

Yesterday at adoration I imagined I intruded upon this scene shown in the painting.


“The Portiuncula indulgence is the first plenary indulgence that was ever granted in the Church. There were indeed indulgences at all times, but they were only partial, and only a partial remission of the temporal punishments could be obtained by them. But he who gains the Portiuncula indulgence is freed from all temporal punishments and becomes as pure as after holy baptism. This was also the reason why Pope Honorius was astonished when St. Francis petitioned for the confirmation of this indulgence, for such an indulgence, up to that time, had been entirely unknown. It was only after he had come to the conviction that Jesus Christ himself wished it, that he granted the petition of the saint and confirmed the indulgence”

August 2nd is the feast of Portiuncula. A plenary indulgence is available to anyone who will:
1. Receive sacramental confession within 20 days prior to or following the day the indulgence is sought)
2. Receive the Holy Eucharist at Holy Mass on August 2nd
3. Enter a parish church and, with a contrite heart, pray the Our Father, Apostles Creed, and a prayer of his/her own choosing for the intentions of the Pope.

This indulgence is attributable to a soul in Purgatory. Let as many as possible obtain this indulgence tomorrow to release a multitude of souls into Heaven.

H/T Byron 


  1. thanks for the reminder about the indulgence. .I can definitely make Mass this morning and tomorrow. .

  2. Terry, thanks, I learn so much from your blog. Do you teach Catechism to kids or adults cause you would be great.

    1. I wouldn't be great - believe me.

  3. Thanks for posting this. I was talking to some yesterday about it. There are those who take the rather severe stance (in my humble opinion) that most never receive a plenary indulgence due to a remaining attachment to sin. I think all of us can daily die more to our attachment to sin and beg God through the precious Blood of Jesus to aid us in this endeavor. I think we need to make an act of the will daily to abhore and hate sin and as Pius IX said, “Place on thy heart one drop of the Precious Blood of Jesus and fear nothing”. I think in our lifetime we shall in all likelihood never abhore and hate sin enough but we can honestly try to do so.

    1. That is usually based on private revelation sometimes attributed to Catherine of Siena. Holiness is a matter of the will. One can make an act of hope to be completely free of any attachment. Confidence and love - trust in the mercy of Christ - ask Our Lady to make us worthy of his promises. The Pardon wouldn't be extended if it was so difficult to attain. That is the wonder of God's mercy.

    2. Amen Terry! Deo Gratias! I couldn't have said it better.


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