Divine Mercy Sunday. Plenary Indulgence.

Plenary Indulgence

This is an important announcement for all Catholics, especially for those who are falling or have fallen away from the Faith. Confess your sins and receive Holy Communion this Divine Mercy Sunday, and you will receive full remission of punishment for your sins. If you should then die, you will go straight to Heaven! Who but a fool could reject this gift? Here is the small print about Indulgences in general:


General Remarks On Indulgences
1. This is how an indulgence is defined in the Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and in the “../../../../archive/catechism/ccc_toc.htm” (n. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints”.

2. In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions(below, nn. 3, 4), and the performance of certain prescribed works (nn. 8, 9, 10 indicate those specific to the Holy Year).

3. To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.

4. A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:

— have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
— have sacramentally confessed 
their sins;
— receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);
— pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

5. It is appropriate, but not necessary, that the sacramental Confession and especially Holy Communion and the prayer for the Pope’s intentions take place on the same day that the indulgenced work is performed; but it is sufficient that these sacred rites and prayers be carried out within several days (about 20) before or after the indulgenced act. Prayer for the Pope’s intentions is left to the choice of the faithful, but an “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” are suggested. One sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences, but a separate Holy Communion and a separate prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions are required for each plenary indulgence.

6. For the sake of those legitimately impeded, confessors can commute both the work prescribed and the conditions required (except, obviously, detachment from even venial sin).

7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.

From the Official Vatican website

 Cardinal William Wakefield Baum
Major Penitentiary
Bishop Luigi De Magistris
Titular Bishop of Nova

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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25 Responses to Divine Mercy Sunday. Plenary Indulgence.

  1. Thanks for this post..


  2. Toadspittle says:

    “7. Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.”

    So we can forget making one for Christopher Hitchens. Shame.

    In all, it reads rather like the guarantee on a washing machine, thinks Toad.
    Not a bad analogy, perhaps?


  3. Brother Burrito says:

    No, a plenary indulgence is more like the action of those who renovate duff old washing machines that have been sent to the scrapper’s yard.

    It saves them from the furnace, and makes them like new.

    He’s not dead yet, old Hitch, is he?


  4. Toadspittle says:

    Toad thinks. Hitch is still languishing in this vale of tears. Although Amis junior wrote what was practically an obit in either the Telegraph or The Gaudinad the other day.


  5. kathleen says:

    Toad, old chum, reflect on what Burrito says above, “Who but a fool could reject this gift?”


  6. Brother Burrito says:


    I woke, bathed and prayed for courage.
    I went to Church and prayed some more before the Blessed Sacrament, for the Grace to make a sincere sorrowful Confession.
    I confessed my serious sins in short form, and received absolution.
    I then immediately went to Mass, and received Holy Communion.
    I just checked here for the Pope’s intentions, and am praying for them:

    Evangelizing the New Generations. That through its compelling preaching of the Gospel, the Church may give young people new reasons for life and hope.

    Missionary Expansion. That by proclamation of the Gospel and the witness of their lives, missionaries may bring Christ to those who do not yet know him.

    If even a bad, mediocre guy like me can do it, then anybody can. Just do it.

    (and now I feel great, and for a good reason!!)


  7. Brother Burrito says:


    After just writing the above comment, I thought I’d check the site stats, assuming everyone would be too busy today to be browsing here.

    How wrong I was! Thanks to spiritdaily.com, we are receiving another whoosh of visitors. Thank you all!

    Plenary Indulgences are GREAT!! OK, they got a bad name in the late middle ages for the corruption surrounding their granting, but not any more.

    There is no better way to get quick, lasting, efficacious joy:

    GET SOME!!!


  8. Toadspittle says:

    Kathleen, a kindly thought, but everything has its price. For instance, if we go evangelising, we must not be upset when others come evangelising us.

    Did Christ ever even mention indulgences?


  9. Kent says:

    The “PROMISES” in the Diary exceed a plenary indulgence. By all means fulfill the requirements for the indulgence but ask for the promise too. If St. Faustina recorded the Lord’s words correctly then we can piously hope for the whole “enchilada.”


  10. Andrew says:

    Toadspittle……..’Did Christ ever even mention indulgences?’
    No, He didn’t. Neither did He mention worshiping Him on a Sunday.
    We have left that, amongst an abundance of other things, to the infinite wisdom of His Holy Catholic Church.


  11. yesmin says:

    God bless you, I would like to know were did you get this Image and how could I get it? thank you for your Info.


  12. Toadspittle says:

    Well, Osama’s dead. Now we can get him a plenary indulgence.


  13. Brother Burrito says:

    If you click on the image, you will be taken to the full size version. If you right click on that, most browsers will offer you the option to download it to your computer.


  14. Toadspittle says:

    “We have left that, amongst an abundance of other things, to the infinite wisdom of His Holy Catholic Church.”

    Avers Andrew.

    Toad rather doubts the “infinity” of anything on this planet. Wisdom in particular.


  15. joyfulpapist says:

    Isn’t it fortunate, then, Toad, that the Church is not confined to this planet?


  16. Toadspittle says:

    Does Joyful saying that one is not allowed to eat bacon sandwiches on a Friday on Mars, either?

    Toad thinks we should be told.


  17. joyfulpapist says:

    Will they be warthog bacon, Toad?


  18. manus says:

    It is a little known fact that the full stop Toad places at the start of every posting is in reality a micro-dot containing his latest report to his controllers. On Mars. Hence his interest in the morality of bacon sandwiches on that planet. The answer, of course, is that you can eat the sandwiches, even on a Friday, as long as you use the foil they are wrapped in as a little hat to protect you from the bad karma. Or something.


  19. Toadspittle says:

    “Will they be warthog bacon, Toad?”

    Asks >b>Joyful, fearfully…

    Better ask God, not Toad, Joyful.
    It is His universe, after all.

    And He writes the menu.


  20. Toadspittle says:

    Crikey, Manus – you do pay attention to the petty tinkerings of Poor Old Toad.

    It’s just that I like a bit more ‘white space’ over my doodad, thing.

    (Old newspaperdesigner balls.)


  21. joyfulpapist says:

    Toad allots me an adverb. Toad boldly allots me an adverb. Toad kindly allots me an adverb. Toad perversely allots me an adverb.


  22. Brother Burrito says:


    I get it now: you are commenting on Toad’s mistaken html above!

    Crikey, I thought you’d gone awfully dark on us, all of a sudden!

    Shudder, the stuff of nightmares is JP going dark on us, it is.

    Salt of the blog is our JP!


  23. Toadspittle says:

    Salt of the blog, indeed, says Toad, respectfully.


  24. Toadspittle says:


    (Actually, Manus, if you enlarge the little dot several hundred times, you will see it makes a funny face.)


  25. manus says:

    Thank-you Toad, all is explained.

    And JP is the salt in our bacon sandwiches. From Warthogs. On Mars.


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