Saturday, February 2, 2008

Plenary Indulgence

The Vatican has issued a plenary indulgence on the 150th anniversary of Our Lady's apparition at Lourdes to St. Bernadette. Of the several ways to obtain this, one requires proper meditation and prayers at any replica of the grotto between Feb 2 and 11, 2008. This is great, because we have one on campus! For those of you who don't know, a plenary indulgence means an instant ticket to heaven, providing all the requirements are met.

There is an article about it here, but that part that concerns us is the following:

If the faithful are not in Lourdes, but wish to receive the plenary indulgence, then during the week of the anniversary of the first apparition, which is the week of February 2, 2008 through February 11, 2008, and they must visit “in any church, grotto or decorous place, the blessed image of that same Virgin of Lourdes, solemnly exposed for public veneration, and before the image participate in a pious exercise of Marian devotion, or at least pause for an appropriate space of time in prayer and with pious meditations, concluding with the recital of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith, ... and the invocation of the Blessed Virgin Mary."

Now all you can hope for is a quick death before you have the chance to sin again.

1 comment:

Ben said...

Looking at that picture of the verdant Grotto bathed in sunlight at this time of year makes me long for those precious few weeks of temperate weather at the beginning and end of the school year. Maybe the Vatican can grant some sort of remission of snow and cold along with the indulgence.Or we could just take matters into out own hands and all go out on the quad and spray some aerosol cans into the air to further deplete the ozone around south bend. Take that Al Gore!