August 1, 2017
(St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church)
Merciful and gracious is the LORD, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. . . . For as the heavens are high above the earth, so surpassing is his kindness toward those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far has he put our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him. Ps 103
This is our God, the LORD. And we love Him, because He loved us first. And we worship Him because knowledge of Him is so vastly far beyond our highest understanding. And we fear Him because our eternal lives rest in His very hands. So, within this short bodily lifespan we’ve been blessed with, we make every effort possible to follow his lead, in obedience to His commands and in compassion with one another. This is our compassionate and respectful fear and love of our God. We praise Him and we adore Him!
The Franciscan Portiuncula Indulgence
From midnight August 1 to midnight August 2, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence. “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, as already remarked, 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”.
To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions. You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate or assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.
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