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This post is going to sound a tad unusual.

As you might have noted from a pre­vi­ous post this year, the Holy Father has for the year of Mercy (which runs from Dec. 8, 2015, the Solem­nity of the Immac­u­late Con­cep­tion to Nov. 20, 2016) declared sev­eral avail­able indul­gences (under nor­mal con­di­tions) includ­ing one for going through any of the des­ig­nated Holy Doors at mul­ti­ple loca­tions around the world.

It so hap­pens that one of said doors is in my city so this year I have been tak­ing advan­tage of this sit­u­a­tion to the point where I have lit­er­ally gone though every dead rel­a­tive and friend or par­ents of friends that I can remem­ber to obtain, by the grace of God, indul­gences for them. Given I come from Sicil­ian par­ents born in the 1920’s that’s no easy feat but as I reg­u­larly go to daily mass and weekly con­fes­sion obtain­ing daily indul­gences has been less com­pli­cated than for most.

With over 150 days to go in the Holy Year I thought about going through the rotor for them all again (after all any attach­ment to sin turns a Ple­nary indul­gence into a par­tial one so it’s can’t hurt to do it again) but I thought I’d do some­thing different.

I am lit­er­ally open­ing up the floor to read­ers. Do you have a dead rel­a­tive or friend that you would like me to pray for and by the grace of God obtain an indul­gence for? Sim­ply leave their name in com­ments and I will make it a point to do so dur­ing this year of mercy.

I’m lim­it­ing the num­ber to the first 100 names sim­ply because I can’t guar­an­tee that I will be in a posi­tion to go through the holy doors every day as I’ll be trav­el­ing a few times dur­ing this period and don’t know if there will be another Holy Door avail­able nearby. Fur­ther­more as one must be in a state of grace to earn an indul­gence I can’t guar­an­tee that I won’t suc­cumb to temp­ta­tion and thus lose days before obtain­ing sacra­men­tal con­fes­sion and I don’t want to be in a posi­tion that I can’t do some­thing I’ve promised.

Don’t worry BTW if you are not Catholic or your departed loved one was not, the exis­tence of Pur­ga­tory is not depen­dent on either your or their beliefs in its exis­tence. Fur­ther­more if a per­son I’m pray­ing for is either already in heaven (thus not need­ing the indul­gence) or already in Hell (thus unable to ben­e­fit from it) said indul­gence will go to the deposit of faith which will be used to good effect.

Finally if you want noti­fi­ca­tion of when said indul­gence was earned leave that infor­ma­tion in your comment.

So start send­ing me the names and I’ll get pray­ing and get though those doors for them.

And remem­ber check with your local dio­cese, it’s very prob­a­ble that such a door exists in your area as well, take advan­tage of it while you can as the next sched­uled holy year doesn’t come until 2025.

FYI if you want to know the con­di­tions to earn an indul­gence the details are below the fold

http://​www​.the​di​vine​mercy​.org/​j​u​b​i​l​e​e​/​t​h​e​b​a​s​i​c​s​/​i​n​d​u​l​g​e​n​c​e.php

To receive the Jubilee Year indul­gence, you must ful­fill the usual con­di­tions, (spec­i­fied below) and per­form the indul­genced act: pass­ing through a des­ig­nated Holy Door dur­ing the extra­or­di­nary Jubilee Year of Mercy (between Dec. 8, 2015, the Solem­nity of the Immac­u­late Con­cep­tion, and Nov. 20, 2016, the Solem­nity of Christ the King) or per­form­ing one of the cor­po­ral or spir­i­tual works of mercy.

As for the sick and the elderly, the Holy Father says, “For them it will be of great help to live their sick­ness and suf­fer­ing as an expe­ri­ence of close­ness to the Lord who in the mys­tery of his Pas­sion, death and Res­ur­rec­tion indi­cates the royal road which gives mean­ing to pain and lone­li­ness. Liv­ing with faith and joy­ful hope this moment of trial, receiv­ing com­mu­nion or attend­ing Holy Mass and com­mu­nity prayer, even through the var­i­ous means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion, will be for them the means of obtain­ing the Jubilee Indulgence.”

For the impris­oned, the Holy Father says, “They may obtain the Indul­gence in the chapels of the pris­ons. May the ges­ture of direct­ing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the thresh­old of their cell sig­nify for them their pas­sage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to trans­form hearts, and is also able to trans­form bars into an expe­ri­ence of freedom.”

http://​ewtn​.com/​j​u​b​i​l​e​e​/​i​n​d​u​l​g​e​n​c​e​/​p​i​l​g​r​i​m​a​g​e​s​.​h​t​m​#​g​e​neral

The fol­low­ing con­di­tions must be ful­filled when­ever we seek to gain a Ple­nary Indul­gence (com­plete remis­sion of the tem­po­ral pun­ish­ment due to sin). These gen­eral con­di­tions are in addi­tion to the spe­cific con­di­tions of the indul­genced work (e.g. a pil­grim­age).
1. Be Bap­tized and not excom­mu­ni­cated
2. A sub­ject of the one grant­ing the indul­gence. (Since it is the Pope grant­ing the Jubilee Indul­gence all Catholics of any Rite meet this con­di­tion.)
3. Be in the State of Grace, at least at the end of doing the indul­genced work.
4. Have at least a Gen­eral Inten­tion to gain the indul­gence. (This can be ful­filled by mak­ing a gen­eral inten­tion at the begin­ning of the day to gain the indul­gences for which one is eli­gi­ble that day, or, by mak­ing a spe­cific inten­tion at the time of doing the indul­genced work.)
5. Do the Pre­scribed Work. (This is the pil­grim­age, char­ity, pen­i­tence, etc., and any con­di­tions asso­ci­ated the spe­cific indul­genced work.)
6. Sacra­men­tal Con­fes­sion, sev­eral days before or after the indul­genced work. In a Feb. 2000 doc­u­ment on Indul­gences the Apos­tolic Pen­i­ten­tiary stated that the allow­able time should be con­sid­ered to be “about 20 days.” One con­fes­sion suf­fices for sev­eral ple­nary indul­gences.
7. Com­mu­nion, sev­eral days before or after (to “about 20 days”), but is most fit­tingly received on the day that the work is done. A unique Com­mu­nion is nec­es­sary for each ple­nary indul­gence.
8. Prayers for the Inten­tions of the Pope (such as a Creed, or an Our Father and Hail Mary, though no par­tic­u­lar prayer is pre­scribed). These prayers may be made sev­eral days before or after, but are most fit­tingly made on the day the work is done.
9. Detach­ment from all sin, even venial sin. Incom­plete detach­ment from sin would result in the receipt of only a par­tial indul­gence for that work. It is this dis­po­si­tion to renounce all attach­ment to our sins which opens our heart to the receipt of the full remis­sion of the tem­po­ral guilt of sin, which God desires to grant us through the Church.

This post is going to sound a tad unusual.

As you might have noted from a previous post this year, the Holy Father has for the year of Mercy (which runs from Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception to Nov. 20, 2016) declared several available indulgences (under normal conditions) including one for going through any of the designated Holy Doors at multiple locations around the world.

It so happens that one of said doors is in my city so this year I have been taking advantage of this situation to the point where I have literally gone though every dead relative and friend or parents of friends that I can remember to obtain, by the grace of God, indulgences for them. Given I come from Sicilian parents born in the 1920’s that’s no easy feat but as I regularly go to daily mass and weekly confession obtaining daily indulgences has been less complicated than for most.

With over 150 days to go in the Holy Year I thought about going through the rotor for them all again (after all any attachment to sin turns a Plenary indulgence into a partial one so it’s can’t hurt to do it again) but I thought I’d do something different.

I am literally opening up the floor to readers. Do you have a dead relative or friend that you would like me to pray for and by the grace of God obtain an indulgence for? Simply leave their name in comments and I will make it a point to do so during this year of mercy.

I’m limiting the number to the first 100 names simply because I can’t guarantee that I will be in a position to go through the holy doors every day as I’ll be traveling a few times during this period and don’t know if there will be another Holy Door available nearby. Furthermore as one must be in a state of grace to earn an indulgence I can’t guarantee that I won’t succumb to temptation and thus lose days before obtaining sacramental confession and I don’t want to be in a position that I can’t do something I’ve promised.

Don’t worry BTW if you are not Catholic or your departed loved one was not, the existence of Purgatory is not dependent on either your or their beliefs in its existence. Furthermore if a person I’m praying for is either already in heaven (thus not needing the indulgence) or already in Hell (thus unable to benefit from it) said indulgence will go to the deposit of faith which will be used to good effect.

Finally if you want notification of when said indulgence was earned leave that information in your comment.

So start sending me the names and I’ll get praying and get though those doors for them.

And remember check with your local diocese, it’s very probable that such a door exists in your area as well, take advantage of it while you can as the next scheduled holy year doesn’t come until 2025.

FYI if you want to know the conditions to earn an indulgence the details are below the fold

http://www.thedivinemercy.org/jubilee/thebasics/indulgence.php

To receive the Jubilee Year indulgence, you must fulfill the usual conditions, (specified below) and perform the indulgenced act: passing through a designated Holy Door during the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy (between Dec. 8, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King) or performing one of the corporal or spiritual works of mercy.

As for the sick and the elderly, the Holy Father says, “For them it will be of great help to live their sickness and suffering as an experience of closeness to the Lord who in the mystery of his Passion, death and Resurrection indicates the royal road which gives meaning to pain and loneliness. Living with faith and joyful hope this moment of trial, receiving communion or attending Holy Mass and community prayer, even through the various means of communication, will be for them the means of obtaining the Jubilee Indulgence.”

For the imprisoned, the Holy Father says, “They may obtain the Indulgence in the chapels of the prisons. May the gesture of directing their thought and prayer to the Father each time they cross the threshold of their cell signify for them their passage through the Holy Door, because the mercy of God is able to transform hearts, and is also able to transform bars into an experience of freedom.”

http://ewtn.com/jubilee/indulgence/pilgrimages.htm#general

The following conditions must be fulfilled whenever we seek to gain a Plenary Indulgence (complete remission of the temporal punishment due to sin). These general conditions are in addition to the specific conditions of the indulgenced work (e.g. a pilgrimage).
1. Be Baptized and not excommunicated
2. A subject of the one granting the indulgence. (Since it is the Pope granting the Jubilee Indulgence all Catholics of any Rite meet this condition.)
3. Be in the State of Grace, at least at the end of doing the indulgenced work.
4. Have at least a General Intention to gain the indulgence. (This can be fulfilled by making a general intention at the beginning of the day to gain the indulgences for which one is eligible that day, or, by making a specific intention at the time of doing the indulgenced work.)
5. Do the Prescribed Work. (This is the pilgrimage, charity, penitence, etc., and any conditions associated the specific indulgenced work.)
6. Sacramental Confession, several days before or after the indulgenced work. In a Feb. 2000 document on Indulgences the Apostolic Penitentiary stated that the allowable time should be considered to be “about 20 days.” One confession suffices for several plenary indulgences.
7. Communion, several days before or after (to “about 20 days”), but is most fittingly received on the day that the work is done. A unique Communion is necessary for each plenary indulgence.
8. Prayers for the Intentions of the Pope (such as a Creed, or an Our Father and Hail Mary, though no particular prayer is prescribed). These prayers may be made several days before or after, but are most fittingly made on the day the work is done.
9. Detachment from all sin, even venial sin. Incomplete detachment from sin would result in the receipt of only a partial indulgence for that work. It is this disposition to renounce all attachment to our sins which opens our heart to the receipt of the full remission of the temporal guilt of sin, which God desires to grant us through the Church.