How I obtained a Plenary Indulgence, freeing my friend’s soul from Purgatory, while fulfilling my Sunday Mass obligation – all in about two hours.

By Doug Lawrence

You can do likewise, in only FOUR simple steps!

Many Catholic parishes have Saturday evening vigil masses that satisfy your Sunday Mass obligation. A good number of parishes also offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday afternoons. Some parishes also offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation before or after Mass, on Sunday. That type of scheduling makes it relatively quick and easy to obtain indulgences.

Find a suitable Catholic parish
and then, proceed as follows:

(I did that on a Saturday, around 4 p.m.)

*** I spent the next hour praying, in Church ***

PRAY ONE ROSARY – While In Church.
(I chose praying the Rosary in Church
from a list of many available,
Church-specified, indulgenced works.)

specifically, for the Pope.

Attend Mass and
(I attended the 5 p.m. Saturday Mass
and received Holy Communion at about 5:40 p.m.)
(Reception of Holy Communion is required)

D O N E !!!
I fully expect that my deceased friend was out of Purgatory
and experiencing all the joys of Heaven
just moments, later!

Here’s how (and why) it works:

The Catholic Church, through the Pope and “The Power of the Keys” makes indulgences possible, for Catholics.

A Plenary Indulgence serves to obtain the immediate release of a designated holy soul from Purgatory, OR to remit any and all temporal punishment accruing from your own, already absolved/forgiven sins.

(A Partial Indulgence, typically results from a less than perfect attempt at obtaining a PLENARY INDULGENCE, or from the complete performance of Church-specified “lesser works”. A Partial Indulgence alone, is unable to fully accomplish the task of freeing a soul from Purgatory, although several Partial Indulgences, properly applied, may serve to do so.)

Indulgences may not be bought, sold, or applied to any living person on earth, other than yourself.

You must designate the recipient/beneficiary of your Plenary Indulgence in your personal prayer intentions. If the soul you are praying for doesn’t “need” the indulgence, God will see to it that another deserving soul in Purgatory receives it.

Unless you’re about to die,
you may obtain only ONE Plenary Indulgence, per day.

To obtain a Plenary Indulgence, you must also have NO ATTACHMENT TO SIN. (Not even venial sin.) That’s why it makes excellent sense to go right from the confessional into church, so as to successfully COMPLETE YOUR INDULGENCED WORK as soon as possible – with a pristine soul, no interruptions, no distractions and (hopefully) no opportunities to commit sin.

In my case, the particular, Church-specified “indulgenced work” was PRAYING THE ROSARY IN CHURCH. That was preceded by making A Good Confession (required) and followed up by praying an Our Father and a Hail Mary for the Pope (required) and receiving Holy Communion (also required).

There are many other Church-specified “indulgenced works” that may be accomplished, in order to obtain Plenary or Partial Indulgences, but (for now) we’re trying to keep this simple. Until you fully understand the process, simply do precisely what I described and you’ll be just fine.

Any Catholic (in good standing with the Church) can do this for deceased family members, friends, neighbors and other loved ones; even for those who passed away, many years ago!

For much more detailed and complete instructions
on the matter of Purgatory and Indulgences, click the link, below:

All About Sin, Death, Purgatory and Indulgences

Editor’s note: None of us are allowed to judge the state of a person’s immortal soul. That’s something left up to Jesus, alone. But, as fellow members of the Communion of Saints, we are permitted to make reasonable assumptions about their possible state in the afterlife and charitably do whatever we can, to help.

As this article clearly shows, helping to get holy souls released from Purgatory, through the grace empowered offices of the Holy Catholic Church, can be relatively simple to accomplish. And, nothing is ever wasted.

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Answer: Probably not, but if your conscience is properly informed, your life is centered around Jesus Christ and your personal behavior is guided by Catholic moral principles, it often seems so.

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Jesus is STILL physically inside of Mary in a unique way. It was discovered just a few short years ago that immune cells pass from a pre-born child to the mother across the placenta. Not only do these immune cells, which are the child’s and thus carry the exclusive and complete DNA of the child, pass across the placenta, but they persist in the mother’s body for the rest of her life.

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Thus, a woman truly does carry her children around inside of her, with their DNA coursing through her heart, for the rest of her life. That isn’t just a sentiment – it is a physiological fact.

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