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THE ANGELS OF THE FIRESIDE: INDULGENCE

PRACTICAL STEPS FOR CHRISTIANS TO HELP IN CREATING A HAPPY HOME 

Loving the way God loves

Indulgence

Gracious Angel of the fireside, whom I first summoned to my aid when I wished to diffuse happiness in my family, it is not thy charms that I desire to describe, but thy counsels that I wish to make known.

Approach the loving heart, so sensitive and so delicate that the least neglect, the smallest inconsiderate word will wound and rend; come and strengthen it by the sweetness of thy teachings.

Indulgence is even more than kindness. It anticipates it without doubt, but it adds to that virtue a great strength of character, a powerful affection, an habitual innocence; the art of being indulgent is the offspring of a pure soul.

The art of being indulgent is the offspring of a pure soul

Those who have no heart do not understand indulgence.

Persons of little intelligence believe that indulgence is culpable.

Those who are not at peace with their own conscience are often led to excessive rigour. The overlooking of nothing in others is often a proof that we overlook very much in ourselves.

Indulgence is more than pardon

Indulgence is even more than pardon, it is excusing; it is the seeking of a favourable interpretation for everything; it is, above all, the faculty of never showing that such and such a thing has wounded us.

Indulgence is remarking of the person who has wounded us: “She did not reflect, otherwise she would not have done it; she did not intend to cause me pain, she loves me too much to do so; she could not do otherwise, and perhaps she is suffering because she thinks she has displeased me.” There is no more efficacious balm for wounds of the heart than the excuses which we make for those who have offended us.

“Today I will be stronger than yesterday”

To be indulgent is to forget every evening the contradictions which we have borne during the day, and to say to ourselves each morning: “Today I will be stronger and more calm than yesterday.”

Indulgence goes so far as to make us accuse ourselves inwardly for not having been sufficiently kind, affable, or charitable. To be indulgent is not only to accept the excuses which are made to us, but to anticipate those who timidly come to us in order to ask pardon.

How do we punish those who overstep the mark, though?

Then we should never punish?

Yes,… by loving still more!

The penal code of the fireside may be almost entirely summed up in the above words.

“As long as you love me”

“You will never believe me wicked,” said a young man to his sister, whom he frequently pained by his misconduct, and who always excused him.

“No,” she replied, “not as long as you love me…. Would you always give me pain?”

Nothing preserves affection in the heart like the indulgence with which we surround it, and, whilst affection lasts, it will eventually make the heart good.

A very good influence on those around you eventually “rubs off”

When we are young, we do not know how to be indulgent, for we cannot sufficiently understand human weakness. Oh! if we but knew the terrible struggles which take place in the soul of the friend who wounds us by the frivolity of his character, who irritates us by his forwardness, who sometimes even  scandalises us by his faults… Oh! if we could but see him weep, if we could see how vexed he is with himself, perhaps on our account, how we would pity him.

Let us love him and excuse him; but let him not know that we know of his weakness.

Act so that someone else may believe that he is good, thus we help him to become good almost in spite of himself.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

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Posted by on February 13, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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A SELECTION OF SHORT INDULGENCED PRAYERS

Please memorise them that you can use them on any occasion and in particular needs.

To the King of ages, immortal and invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, if this ejaculation is recited devoutly every day for a month.

My God and my all.

An indulgence of 300 days.

O God, be merciful to me, the sinner.

An indulgence of 500 days.

Into Thy hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when the invocation has been devoutly recited every day for a month.

My God, I love Thee.

An indulgence of 300 days.

My Jesus, mercy.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence under the usual conditions, when this invocation is devoutly recited every day for a month.

My Lord and my God!

The faithful who, at the elevation of the Sacred Host during Mass or when it is solemnly exposed, recite this ejaculation with faith, piety and love, are granted: An indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a week, if this pious practice is followed daily, on conditions of confession, Communion and prayer for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff.

Hail, O Cross, our only hope.

An indulgence of 500 days. A plenary indulgence once a month under the usual conditions for the daily repetition of this ejaculation. The faithful who invoke the sacred names of Jesus, Mary and Joseph conjointly, may gain: an indulgence of 7 years; A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions for the daily repetition of the invocation.

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

An indulgence of 300 days. A plenary indulgence once a month on the usual conditions if this invocation be devoutly repeated daily.

Queen of the most holy Rosary; pray for us.

An indulgence of 300 days.

Immaculate Queen of Peace, pray for us 

An indulgence of 300 days.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I give you my heart and soul. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, assist me in my last agony. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, let me breathe forth my spirit in peace with you.

An indulgence of 7 years for each invocation. A plenary indulgence on the usual condition, for the recitation of each of the foregoing invocations every day for a month.

From a sudden and unprovided death, deliver us, O Lord.

An indulgence of 300 days.

– Selected Indulgenced Prayers from ‘The Raccolta’

 

 

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HOW TO GAIN A PARTIAL OR PLENARY INDULGENCE FOR THE WAY OF THE CROSS

PARTIAL INDULGENCE:

To gain a partial indulgence, a Catholic in good standing must simply perform the prescribed work – in this case make the Way of the Cross – in a state of grace (that is, free of having committed a mortal sin that remains unforgiven in Confession) and have at least a general intention of gaining indulgences. A partial indulgence can be acquired more than once a day, unless otherwise expressly indicated.

PLENARY INDULGENCE:

To gain a plenary indulgence, however, several additional factors must also be present. All together, they are the following:

1. The person must be a Catholic, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace, that is, free from mortal sin that has not been confessed and forgiven in the Sacrament of Penance.

2. The recipient must go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, and say at least one Our Father and one Hail Mary for the intentions of the Sovereign Pontiff. These can all be done several days before or after performing the prescribed “work”, in this case, making the Way of the Cross. But it is more fitting that the Communion and the prayers for the Pope’s intentions be on the same day that the “work” is performed. A single Confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences, but sacramental Communion must be received and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff must be recited for the gaining of each plenary indulgence.

3. The recipient must be free from all attachment to sin, even venial sin. Although a person might still sin, as we all do, or even be inclined to an habitual sin, such as using God’s name in vain, yet so long as the attachment to the sin or the desire to commit it is absent from the person’s soul, he or she would be considered “free from attachment to sin.” (If this disposition is in any way less than perfect or if any of the prescribed three conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence will be only partial.)

4. Only one plenary indulgence may be gained per day. But one can obtain the plenary indulgence “for the moment of death,” even if another plenary indulgence had been acquired on the same day.

5. The person must perform the prescribed work, in this case, make the Way of the Cross – with at least the general intention of gaining indulgences. In making the Way of the Cross, the following norms apply:

a) The pious exercise must be made before stations of the Way of the Cross legitimately erected.

b) For the erection of the Way of the Cross, fourteen crosses are required, to which it is customary to add fourteen pictures or images, which represent the stations of Jerusalem.

c) Although according to the more common practise the pious exercise consists of fourteen pious readings to which some vocal prayers are added, yet nothing more is required than a pious meditation on the Passion and Death of the Lord, which need not be a particular consideration of the individual mysteries of the stations.

d) a movement from one station to the next is required, but if the pious exercise is made publicly and if it is not possible for all taking part to go in an orderly way from station to station, it suffices if at least the one conducting the exercise goes from station to station, the others remaining in their places.

e) Those who are “impeded” can gain the same indulgence if they spend at least half an hour in pious reading and meditation on the Passion and Death of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
– from the Enchiridion of Indulgences – Norms and Grants, from the Second Revised Edition of the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum issued by the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary, 1968.

 

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NOVENA PRAYER TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY THROUGH ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

NOVENA TO THE MOST HOLY TRINITY IN ORDER TO OBTAIN GRACES THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF ST THERESE OF THE CHILD JESUS

O Eternal Father, who art in heaven where thou dost crown the merits of those who in this life serve thee faithfully, for the sake of the most pure love of the most pure love thy little daughter, St Therese of the Child Jesus had for thee, seeing that while on earth she always did thy Will, so as all but to bind thee to give her whatever she desires, incline thine ears to the petitions which she offers up to thee on my behalf, and hear too my prayers by granting me the grace I ask.

(Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory be…)

O Eternal Son of God, thou who has promised to reward the least service rendered to thee in the person of our neighbour, cast a glance of gentle love on thy little spouse, St Therese of the Child Jesus, who with such great zeal had ever at heart the salvation of souls, and for the sake of all she has done and suffered, lend a willing ear to her wish of “spending her time in heaven doing good upon earth,” and grant me the grace I plead for so earnestly.

(Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory be…)

O Eternal Holy Spirit, who didst make perfect with so many graces the beloved soul of St Therese of the Child Jesus, I beseech thee for the sake of the fidelity she showed in ever corresponding with thy grace, to incline thine ear to the prayers she offers to thee on my behalf, and having before thee her promise of “letting fall from heaven a shower of roses,” mercifully grant me the grace of which I stand in such great need.

(Our Father…, Hail Mary…, Glory be…)

O Great Saint, “Little Therese” of the Child Jesus, who in thy short life on earth became a mirror of angelic purity, of love strong as death, and of whole hearted abandonment to God, now that thou rejoicest in the reward of thy virtues, cast a glance of pity on me, as I leave all things in thy hands. Make my troubles thine own, speak a word for me to Our Lady Immaculate, whose flower of special love thou wast to the Queen of Heaven “who smiled on thee at the dawn of life.” Beg Her, as Queen of the Heart of Jesus, to obtain for me by Her powerful intercession, the grace I yearn for so ardently at this moment (mention your request), and that She joins with it a blessing that may strengthen me during my life, defend me at the hour of death, and lead me straight on to a happy Eternity. Amen.

(An Indulgence of 300 days for each recital of the above prayer. Plenary Indulgence on the Feast of the Saint provided one has recited the prayer at least twelve times during the course of the year. (S. Penit. 2 July 1925))

 
 

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