View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Off to "indulge" myself (Portiuncula)

This weekend the good-looking-one and I are off to Steubenville, Ohio. I've never been to the Franciscan University, but they have a replica of the St. Francis' Portiuncula chapel, and this year there is a plenary indulgence available for a visit there on certain days. August 2, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula, is one of those days.

A plenary indulgence is the remission of the entire temporal punishment due to sin so that no further expiation is required in Purgatory. I figure given my track record there's lots of days on my ledger!

According to the decree of the Vatican office of the Apostolic Penitentiary those who desire to gain the plenary indulgence should “devoutly” visit the Portiuncula Chapel, where they pray for the intentions of the Holy Father including the Our Father and the Creed. In addition, it is necessary that the Church’s ordinary conditions for receiving a plenary indulgence be met: Individuals must have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin; have made a sacramental confession; and have received the Holy Eucharist. These must be completed within a week to 10 days before or after the visit to the Portiuncula.

What a wonderful opportunity.

That said, I will be away for the computer for a few days, so I won't be posting. Since comment moderation is on, if you try to comment it may be a couple of days before it appears.

A side note:

July was a record for this blog: 5,594 views and visits. Chicken feed for some blogs, but the highest monthly total ever for this blog. In addition, the figure is now up to nearly 98,000 views and visits in the history of this blog, so that means it will likely pass the 100,000 mark in the next week or two.

Thank you to everyone who stops by.


Blogger GrandmaK said...

God bless you on your journey! Cathy

7:52 AM  

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