A Brief Explanation of the Doctrine on Purgatory
with List of indulgences
DEDICATED TO THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN, EARTH, AND OF THE HOLY SOULS
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The Raccolta is traditionally thought of as the forerunner of the current Enchiridion of Indulgences, which it is, but actually it is more than that, for the former Enchiridion or Raccolta is a small compendium of the faith. You will need to see our Indulgence section for the applicable remission of temporal punishment due to sin as the older remission no longer applies. But the prayers are still efficacious in themselves and many of them still carry indulgences in the new regulations because the present Enchiridion makes allowances for a number of favorite formulas that may not be worded exactly as in the current edition, and thus, it grants a general indulgence for certain categories, such as Consecration prayers, etc. Any prayer from the Raccolta can be offered for the relief of a Holy Soul in Purgatory, apart from a partial of plenary condition, because all prayer on behalf of the Holy Souls, provided it is said devoutly by a soul in the state of grace, is considered of benefit as the Holy Souls cannot pray for themselves and are entirely dependent on our charity. They return our favors with prayers of their own on our behalf, as they may pray for us.
An indulgence (L. indulgere, to be kind to) is the remission of temporal punishment due to sin, not the remission or pardon of the sin itself. The sin must already be repented of and forgiven by God.
To gain an indulgence one must be in the state of grace, have the intention of actually gaining the indulgence and then perform the works and or prayers associated and required for that indulgence.
No one may gain an indulgence for another person who is living, except for oneself, but most indulgences can be applied to a deceased person.
The power of granting indulgences is founded in the "Power of the Keys" which was given to St. Peter and his successors: To Peter alone Jesus granted the first power to bind and loose anything. [Mt. 16:19]
"I will give you the
kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven;
you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven."
The teaching Magisterium of the Church in ecumenical councils also affirms indulgences.
Christ gave the power of granting indulgences to the Church, and since the Church has, even in ancient times, made use of this divinely given power [Mt. 16:19; 18:18], the holy council teaches and commands that the usage of indulgences ----- a usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the authority of the holy councils ----- should be kept up in the Church; and it anathematizes those who say that indulgences are useless, or that the Church does not have the power of granting them. Indulgences are drawn from the treasury of the Church, particularly from the infinite merits gained by Jesus Christ.
You are also encouraged
to visit Catholic Classics for the Devotion to the
Holy Souls [link below], who cannot pray for themselves but rely
utterly on our charity
towards them. However, the Church is splendidly organized as the
of Saints," the Church Triumphant, or Saints in Heaven, whom both the
in Purgatory, the Church Suffering, and we on earth, the Church
can pray to; we in turn can pray for the Holy Souls who cannot pray for
themselves; Heaven can pray for both of us; but the Holy Souls, can
for their benefactors on earth. Please learn all you can about this
charitable and most necessary devotion. Many souls are completely
by us on earth. Someday, if we are so fortunate as to make it that far
and are spared eternal damnation, perhaps we will find ourselves in the
same condition. Please adopt an unknown soul and pray for that soul
day. Ask Our Blessed Lady and Her Son to give you a soul who shall
nameless to adopt spiritually. And please, adopt an unknown dying
every day, someone who is about to go to Hell and ask Our Lord to help
that soul have a moment of final repentance due in part to your daily
and or prayers for that person. While we cannot gain a remittance of
Purgatorian punishment for that soul we can at least pray for the
repentance and salvation of that person we adopt. Perhaps on your
deathbed as you face the
judgment seat, those unknown souls will intercede on your behalf.
As stated, one must be in the state of grace to pray efficaciously for a Holy Soul, while any one in the state of mortal sin can and must pray for themselves to repent. God hears all earnest prayers, but the Church has held that the state of grace is a requirement to pray for these special Souls. A dead soul is not pleasing to God and if a person dies in the state of mortal sin, he descends immediately to Hell. How can a dead soul pray for a soul that is not dead but merely being purified? If, for no other reason, even if you cannot love God as much and purely as you ought, this should motivate you to remain in the state of grace, so you can help relieve the agony of your deceased relatives and friends.
An added word: Please remember to pray for the most forgotten souls and for the souls of religious and priests. Many Catholics think that priests and religious nuns and brothers are holier than they are and do not consider it necessary to pray for these souls. Thus, souls are in Purgatory without anyone to remember them. They are also other people who died alone or without anyone to remember them in prayer and they, too, are forgotten.
Our Lady of Fatima told the three children that a young girl in their village, who had died, would in Purgatory until "the end of the world." Try to remember her soul especially. Thank you for visiting this directory and God bless you.
WHAT OUR LADY OF FATIMA SAID
THE TEACHING OF THE CHURCH
SOURCES OF CATHOLIC DOGMA: DENZINGER CITATIONS ON PUGATORY
WHAT THREE OF MANY SAINTS SAY
PLACE OF PURIFCATION
PURGATORY AND OUR LADY'S PROMISE
BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR
THE SCAPULAR PROMISES
THE SABBATINE PRIVILEGE
INDULGENCE AT DEATH TO BE OBTAINED NOW
BISHOP BRUSKEWITZ' PRIMER ON INDULGENCES
REGULATIONS ON INDULGENCES
PARTIAL INDULGENCE GRANTS
PLENARY INDULGENCE GRANTS
POPE LEO XII'S ENCYCLICAL ON INDULGENCES
THE FEAST OF ALL SOULS
LITANY FOR THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY
MEMORIAL PRAYER FOR THE SUFFERING SOULS IN PURGATORY
FOR DEVOTIONS FOR AND TO THE HOLY SOULS, SEE HERE.
FOR FULL EXPLANATION OF THE BROWN SCAPULAR, SEE HERE.
SPECIAL PRAYERS FOR NOVEMBER, MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS
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