Thank you all for the very kind cards, words and prayers that you sent me for Priest Appreciation Sunday. It was generous of you to greet me so kindly. Thank you!
This weekend begins the month of November and the Church has a wonderful tradition of remembering our friends and relatives who have passed from this life. It is good and right that we pray for them and remember them. We should also remember to pray for the poor souls in purgatory.
Prayer for the souls in Purgatory is a requirement of Christian charity, and it helps us to call to mind our own mortality. The Church grants us a plenary indulgence for visiting a cemetery spending a few moments in prayer for the dead.
To obtain the plenary indulgence, we are to visit a cemetery between November 1 and November 8 and pray for the dead. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in a state of grace (have no attachment to sin, even venial) at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
The plenary indulgence mentioned above is granted under the following conditions:
1. To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform the indulgenced work and fulfill the following three conditions: 1) sacramental confession, 2) Eucharistic Communion, and 3) prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.
2. A single sacramental confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Holy Communion must be received and prayer for the intention of the Holy Father must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence.
3. The three conditions may be fulfilled several days before or after the performance of the prescribed work; it is, however, fitting that Communion be received and the prayer for the intention of the Holy Father be said on the same day the work is performed.
4. If the full disposition is lacking, or if the work and the three prescribed conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence will only be partial.
5. The condition of praying for the intention of the Holy Father is fully satisfied by reciting one Our Father and one Hail Mary; nevertheless, one has the option of reciting any other prayer according to individual piety and devotion, if recited for this intention.
As we remember our beloved dead, let us also thank God for the blessings that they were in our lives.
May God continue to bless each of you abundantly.
Your servant in Christ,