Indulgences for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

Clergy Corner by Fr. Cellars

I’d like to start by taking us on a little trip through Canon Law. Canon 992: “An indulgence is the remission before God of temporal punishment for sins whose guilt is already forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful gains under certain and defined conditions by the assistance of the Church which as minister of redemption dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.”

In laymen’s terms (see what I did there) an indulgence can be given by the Church for the forgiveness of temporal punishment, i.e. time off of purgatory. Now let’s look at one more. Canon 994: “Any member of the faithful can gain partial or plenary indulgences for oneself or apply them to the dead by way of suffrage.” So, we can offer our indulgences not only for ourselves but for the dead as well. 

You may have heard, or seen in the e-bulletin recently an announcement from Rome that Pope Francis has extended the opportunity to receive an indulgence this month. It’s really quite easy. This month is devoted to our beloved dead and the holy souls in purgatory. Back home in Charleston, my family lives near Holy Cross cemetery. I remember my grandfather would go there daily and walk around, looking at the stones and praying for those he knew. It has always inspired me.

This month, let’s resolve to make an effort to visit a local cemetery. What better way to honor those who have gone before us than to visit and pray. Under the new extraordinary norms from our Holy Father, we can even stay at home to receive the indulgence. Please take this opportunity, if not for yourselves, then for someone else. 

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