Category Archives: Indulgences

UPDATE – Today’s Opportunity for Divine Mercy!

Don’t forget! …get to Mass today!      …take advantage of this indulgence!   Today is the Festa Sanctissimi Cordis Domini Nostri Jesu Christi !!!      The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ!   [ see below ]

It is Friday and for many of us we’re anticipating the weekend – a weekend in early June…  how glorious!  No matter what turmoil is in your mind and soul – give it to God.  Avail yourself of His Peace!     …and even the physical world around you – if you look – is resplendent with new life and warmth!   My wife and I were blessed this year again with a pair of Robins nesting and raising a brood of young on our front porch!  It was such a delight to watch them build the nest (sloppily at first) then we noticed much more care.  As a week or so went by we noticed mom staying in the nest most of the time and dad was busy (and noisily) chirping and threatening anything from the UPS driver to other birds or squirrels that happened to venture within sight of the precious nest.


We then noticed a few little furry heads and wide-open yellow beaks peering over the rim of the nest.  Both parents scrambling to and fro – seemingly endlessly; providing fresh worms and bugs from our garden.  Soon the little ones were getting bigger and bigger…

Yesterday we noticed that they had fled the nest.  We know by reading a bit that NOW the work begins in earnest for Mom and Dad Robin as they teach these clumsy fledglings how to fly and fend for themselves.  I prayed for them.  They’ll be fine.  I thank God for this little blessing that our house was a safe place to bring new and delicate life into this fallen and often-cruel world.

God is good!   Life marches on   …and Grace follows.

-Allan Gillis

Plenary Indulgence Tomorrow!

by Allan Gillis

Heads up! Make plans!


The Friday that follows the Second Sunday after Pentecost is the Feast of the Sacred Heart which brings to mind all the attributes of His Divine Heart. Many Catholics prepare for this Feast by beginning a Novena to the Sacred Heart on the Feast of Corpus Christi, which is the Thursday of the week before. On the Feast of the Sacred Heart itself, we can gain a plenary indulgence by making an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart.  On all other days, the indulgence is partial.


Most Sweet Jesus——Act of Reparation
(Iesu dulcissime——Reparationis actus)

O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for men is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Thy altar eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Thy loving Heart is everywhere subject.

Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Thy pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offences, but also for the sins of those, who straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow Thee, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their Baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Thy law.

We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against Thee; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offences against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behaviour, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violation of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against Thee and Thy Saints. We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Thy Vicar on earth and Thy priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Thy Divine love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and the teaching authority of the Church which Thou hast founded.

Would, O Divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Thy Divine honour, the satisfaction Thou didst once make to Thy eternal Father on the Cross and which Thou dost continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Thy Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make reparation, as far as we can with the help of Thy grace, for all neglect of Thy great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past. Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending Thee and to bring as many as possible to follow Thee.

O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to Thee, so that we may all one day come to that happy home, where Thou with the Father and the Holy Ghost livest and reignest God, world without end. Amen.


FYI  dudes and dudettes:

Plenary indulgences are much more demanding than partial indulgences, for they require one to do all the following. These are “the usual conditions” for receiving a plenary indulgence:

• have the intention of gaining the indulgence

• receive the Sacrament of Penance (within several days before or after the prescribed action of the indulgence, though the same day is best, if possible)

• receive the Eucharist (within several days before or after the prescribed action of the indulgence, though the same day is best, if possible)

• pray 6 Paters (Our Fathers), 6 Aves (Hail Marys), and 6 Glorias (Glory Be’s) for the intentions of the Holy Father (within several days before or after the prescribed action of the indulgence, though the same day is best, if possible). The most recent Enchiridion [Church’s official handbook on indulgences] prescribes at least one of each, but 6 is the traditional number.

• perform the prescribed action of the indulgence. If the prescribed action of the indulgence requires a visit to a church or oratory, one must visit devoutly and recite 1 Our Father and the Creed. This doesn’t refer to any visits to a church for Confession or the Eucharist in order to fulfill the requirements listed above; it refers to such indulgences as those granted to the faithful for visiting a church on the day of its consecration, visiting their parochial church on its titular feast day, visiting the stational churches of Rome, etc.

be free from all attachment to sin, including venial sin. This last is most difficult, but if it can’t be fulfilled, a partial indulgence at least will be gained.