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Explanation of November Indulgences for Catholics

Below is an Explanation of November Indulgences for Catholics which can be gained for the souls in purgatory.

If you would like a refresher on Temporal Punishment and Indulgences, see the lesson in the video.

Indulgences for the Month of November

  1. The faithful who recite prayers or perform other devout exercises in supplication for the faithful departed during the month of November, may gain: An indulgence of 3 years once on each day of the month; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, if they perform these devotions daily for the entire month. (Raccolta, 589)
  2. Those who, during the aforesaid month, take part in public services held in a church or public oratory in intercession for the faithful departed may gain: An indulgence of 7 years on each day of the month; A plenary indulgence, if they attend these exercises on at least fifteen days and, in addition, go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the intentions of the Church. (Raccolta, 589)
  3. From noon on All Saints Day to midnight of All Souls Day: The faithful, as often as they visit a church or public oratory in order to pray for the dead, may gain a plenary indulgence applicable only to the souls in purgatory, on condition of confession and Communion, and the recitation six times during each visit of Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be for the intentions of the Church. (This indulgence may also be gained on the following Sunday, but only by those who did not gain it on Nov. 1st or 2nd.) (Raccolta, 590) [This is the greatest indulgence for the Poor Souls in November, and can be gained as many times as the requirements are done, which is why it is referred to as the “Toties Quoties” indulgence from the Latin phrase for “as often as”]
  4. The faithful who during the period of eight days from All Souls Day (counting All Souls Day itself) visit a cemetery in a spirit of piety and devotion, and pray, even mentally, for the dead may gain a plenary indulgence on the usual conditions, on each day of the Octave, applicable only to the dead. (Raccolta, 592)

 

Whenever a plenary indulgence says it is granted under the “usual conditions” that means the following must be done in order to gain the indulgence

“The usual conditions for gaining a plenary indulgence are: confession; Communion; visit to a church or public oratory (or semi-public oratory for those who have the right to use it, if no church or public oratory is attached, provided nothing special is prescribed); prayer for the Pope’s intentions. It is to be noted that the usual conditions are not always prescribed, e.g., none of them are really prescribed for gaining the indulgence of the Way of the Cross.” (Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S. The Church Suffering. Emphasis added.)

The confession can be made on the day in question or anytime during the week before or after. Holy Communion can be made on the day in question or within the following week or one day before the day in question.

The faithful who are in the habit of confessing at least twice a month unless legitimately impeded, or who receive Holy Communion daily in the state of grace and with a good and holy intention, though they may abstain from receiving once or twice a week, can gain all indulgences without actual confession for which otherwise confession would be a necessary condition. (Canon 931)

What are prayers for the intentions of the Pope?

When prayers “for the intentions of the Pope” are required, one Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be are sufficient unless otherwise stated in the grant of the indulgence. These must be said externally by moving the lips but need not be said audibly.

The Toties Quoties indulgence on All Souls’ Day specifically requires six Our Father’s, Hail Mary’s and Glory Be’s during each visit in church. These six are to be said for the intentions of the Pope. They are not said for the Poor Souls but with the intention of gaining the plenary indulgence for them. The visit is made to pray for the Poor Souls and gain the plenary indulgence for them.

How does one pray “for the intentions of the Pope” during a vacancy? (as there is now)

During a vacancy of the Holy See, one can still gain a plenary indulgence by praying for the general intentions that every pope has. We sometimes refer to these as the “intentions of the Church” to avoid confusion during this time of vacancy. As explained by a notable canon lawyer before Vatican II:

“The intentions of the Supreme Pontiff for which one is to pray are: the exaltation of the Church, propagation of the faith, ending of heresy and schism, conversion of sinners, peace and harmony among Christian rulers and nations, and other blessings for the welfare of Christianity. It suffices to have the general intention to pray for the intentions of the Pope or the Church.” (Stanislaus Woywod, A Practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, p. 538. 1957)

 

Remember to do your part as the Church Militant and use this ‘Explanation of November Indulgences for Catholics’ to pray for the Church Suffering this November.

JMJ – IOGD

Stock Alert: STRL Is Positioned To Gain Big

Sterling Construction (STRL: NASDAQ) is positioned to gain big over the coming weeks.

Thanks to the National Inflation Association for shining light on STRL. They sent out the suggestion Monday August 28th, when the price was $10.25 per share. As of the close Tuesday August 29th, it was already up to $11.99 per share.

To give an example of the gains that are available, in a little over a day, options at the $12.50 price, expiring in December 2017 had already gained over 150% ! But what is fueling this stock?

Sterling Construction is an infrastructure company based just outside of Houston, TX.

But that’s not all. Even before Hurricane Harvey devastated the area, the company was highlighted to gain from national transportation projects. Now, add in all of the Houston area projects that they could bid on during the rebuild phase after Hurricane Harvey, and this company could hurdle it’s all time highs in value.

 

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As you can see, there is some resistance in the $13 range…but if it can clear the $14 range, there is not much to hold it back.

Of note, in NIA’s suggestion, they had mentioned that it could reach $15-$20.

Con: On the flip side, Unicorn Bay has STRL’s book value listed at only $4.86.

Whether or not you decide to enter a position on STRL, consider donating some of your profits to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

-Travis

JMJ – IOGD

Is your pediatrician paid a bonus for vaccinating your kids?!

My family advocates informed consent when it comes to vaccines. We also (especially as Catholics) believe in the Principle of Subsidiarity, which is that any activity which can be performed by a more decentralized entity should be. In this case, it is the right of the family to decide what action is best for the family. To help give you more information in deciding what vaccines, if any, you will have injected into your children, you should be mindful of the monetary bonuses involved for the one administering the vaccines, your pediatrician.

Is your pediatrician paid a bonus for vaccinating your kids?! It appears so! And it seems that not reaching a certain threshold of fully vaccinated patients can actually cost them the entire bonus! Below you will find the Blue Cross Blue Shield Provider Incentive Program.

 

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Are we reading this wrong? Is a pediatrician really paid a $400 bonus for every child fully vaccinated by their 2nd birthday?! Any corrections are welcome if this is not so. But assuming we are reading it correctly, you, by not vaccinating your children, can cost the pediatrician thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the practice.

If you look at the “Target: COMM” line, it has the threshold at 63%. The pediatrician stands to loose the entire bonus if 63% of their ‘under-2-year-old’ patients are not fully vaccinated. This is big money and something to consider if you sense any sort of pressure on the part of your pediatrician.

Keep this info in mind as part of your informed decision when choosing whether or not to vaccinate your children.

JMJ – IOGD

-Travis

source: Wellness and Equality

 

Novena to the Holy Ghost

Below are the prayers/readings for the Novena to the Holy Ghost. It is prayed each year on the nine days before the feast of Pentecost. This is the only novena which is required by Church law to be prayed publicly.

Novena to the Holy Ghost

 

FOREWORD

The novena in honor of the Holy Ghost is the oldest of all novenas since it was first made at the direction of Our Lord Himself when He sent His apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Ghost on the first Pentecost. It is still the only novena officially prescribed by the Church. Addressed to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity, it is a powerful plea for the light and strength and love so sorely needed by every Christian.

MANNER OF PRAYING THE NOVENA

Each day the meditation and prayer for the particular day is said, followed by one Our Father, one Hail Mary and seven Glory be to the Fathers, the Act of Consecration and the Prayer for the Seven Gifts.

 

Indulgences: “The faithful who devoutly assist at the public novena in honor of the Holy Ghost Immediately preceding the Feast of Pentecost, may gain:

An indulgence of 10 years on any day of the novena;

A plenary indulgence, if they  take part in at least five of the exercises, and moreover go to confession, receive Holy Communion and pray for the Holy Father’s intention.”Raccolta #284.

[My priest added the following – during a vacancy of the Holy See, to gain an indulgence which requires prayers “for the intentions of the Pope”  it is sufficient to pray for the general intentions which every true pope would have, or, as some would say, “for the intentions of the Church”. These intentions, according to theologians, are: 1. The spread of the Catholic Faith. 2. The liberty and exaltation of Holy Mother Church. 3. The conversion of sinners. 4. Peace and concord among Christian rulers. 5. The extirpation of heresy. (One does not have to explicitly advert to these intentions; a general intention to pray for them suffices). Unless a particular indulgence specifies otherwise, the Church has decreed that one Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be are sufficient.]

For those who make the novena privately: “An indulgence of 7 years once on any day of their novena; A plenary indulgence on the usual conditions at the close of the novena; but if a public novena is held, this indulgence is available only to those who are lawfully hindered from taking part in the same.” Raccolta #284

 

“The faithful, who recite seven times the doxology “Glory be to the Father, etc.” with devotion in order to obtain the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost, are granted: An indulgence of 3 years.” Raccolta #285.

 

FIRST DAY

Holy Spirit! Lord of light!

From Thy clear celestial height,

Thy pure beaming radiance give!

 

The Holy Ghost

Only one thing is important—eternal salvation. Only one thing, therefore, is to be feared—sin. Sin is the result of ignorance, weakness, and indifference. The Holy Ghost is the Spirit of Light, of Strength, and of Love. With His sevenfold gifts, He enlightens the mind, strengthens the will, and inflames the heart with love of God. To ensure our salvation, we ought to invoke the Divine Spirit daily, for “The Spirit helpeth our infirmity. We know not what we should pray for as we ought. But the Spirit Himself asketh for us.”

 

Prayer

Almighty and eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed to regenerate us by water and the Holy Ghost, and hast given us forgiveness of all our sins, vouchsafe to send forth from heaven upon us Thy sevenfold Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Fortitude, the Spirit of Knowledge and Piety, and fill us with the Spirit of Holy Fear. Amen.

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost (see last page below)

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost (see last page below)

 

SECOND DAY

Come, Thou Father of the poor!

Come, with treasures which endure!

Come, Thou Light of all that live!

 

The Gift of Fear

The gift of Fear fills us with a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread nothing so much as to offend Him by Sin. It is a fear that arises, not from the thought of hell, but from sentiments of reverence and filial submission to our heavenly Father. It is the fear that is the beginning of wisdom, detaching us from worldly pleasures that could in any way separate us from God. “They that fear the Lord will prepare their hearts, and in His sight will sanctify their souls.”

 

Prayer

Come, O blessed Spirit of Holy Fear, penetrate my inmost heart, that I may set Thee, my Lord and God, before my face forever; help me to shun all things that can offend Thee, and make me worthy to appear before the pure eyes of Thy Divine Majesty in heaven, where Thou livest and reignest in the unity of the ever Blessed Trinity, God world without end. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost 

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

THIRD DAY

Thou, of all consolers best,

Visiting the troubled breast

Dost refreshing peace bestow

 

The Gift of Piety

The gift of Piety begets in our hearts a filial affection for God as our most loving Father. It inspires us to love and respect for His sake persons and things consecrated to Him, as well as those who are vested with His authority, His Blessed Mother and the Saints, the Church and its visible Head, our parents and superiors, our country and its rulers. He who is filled with the gift of Piety finds the practice of his religion, not a burdensome duty, but a delightful service. Where there is love, there is no labour.

 

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Piety, possess my heart. Enkindle therein such a love for God, that I may find satisfaction only in His service, and for His sake lovingly submit to all legitimate authority. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

FOURTH DAY

Thou in toil art comfort sweet

Pleasant coolness in the heat;

Solace in the midst of woe.

 

The Gift of Fortitude

By the gift of Fortitude, the soul is strengthened against natural fear, and supported to the end in the performance of duty. Fortitude imparts to the will an impulse and energy which move it to undertake without hesitancy the most arduous tasks, to face dangers, to trample under foot human respect, and to endure without complaint the slow martyrdom of even lifelong tribulation. “He that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.”

 

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Fortitude, uphold my soul in times of trouble and adversity, sustain my efforts after holiness, strengthen my weakness, give me courage against all the assaults of my enemies, that I may never be overcome and separated from Thee, my God and greatest Good. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

FIFTH DAY

Light immortal! Light Divine!

Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,

And our inmost being fill.

 

The Gift of Knowledge

The gift of Knowledge enables the soul to evaluate created things at their true worth — in relation to God. Knowledge unmasks the pretense of creatures, reveals their emptiness, and points out their only true purpose as instruments in the service of God. It shows us the loving care of God even in adversity, and directs us to glorify Him in every circumstance of life. Guided by its light, we put first things first, and prize the friendship of God beyond all else. “Knowledge is a fountain of life to him that possesseth it.”

 

Prayer

Come, O Blessed Spirit of Knowledge, and grant that I may perceive the will of the Father; show me the nothingness of earthly things, that I may realize their vanity and use them only for Thy glory and my own salvation, looking ever beyond them to Thee, and Thy eternal rewards. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost 

 

SIXTH DAY

Light immortal! Light Divine!

Visit Thou these hearts of Thine,

And our inmost being fill.

 

The Gift of Understanding

Understanding, as a gift of the Holy Ghost, helps us to grasp the meaning of the truths of our holy religion. By faith we know them, but by Understanding we learn to appreciate and relish them. It enables us to penetrate the inner meaning of revealed truths and through them to be quickened to newness of life. Our faith ceases to be sterile and inactive, but inspires a mode of life that bears eloquent testimony to the faith that is in us; we begin to “walk worthy of God in all things pleasing, and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

 

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Understanding, and enlighten our minds, that we may know and believe all the mysteries of salvation; and may merit at last to see the eternal light in Thy light; and in the light of glory to have a clear vision of Thee and the Father and the Son. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

SEVENTH DAY

Heal our wounds — our strength renew;

On our dryness pour Thy dew;

Wash the stains of guilt away!

 

The Gift of Counsel

The gift of Counsel endows the soul with supernatural prudence, enabling it to judge promptly and rightly what must be done, especially in difficult circumstances. Counsel applies the principles furnished by Knowledge and Understanding to the innumerable concrete cases that confront us in the course of our daily duty as parents, teachers, public servants and Christian citizens. Counsel is supernatural common sense, a priceless treasure in the quest of salvation. “Above all these things, pray to the Most High, that He may direct thy way in truth.”

 

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Counsel, help and guide me in all my ways, that I may always do Thy holy will. Incline my heart to that which is good; turn it away from all that is evil, and direct me by the straight path of Thy commandments to that goal of eternal life for which I long. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

EIGHTH DAY

Bend the stubborn heart and will;

Melt the frozen, warm the chill;

Guide the steps that go astray!

 

The Gift of Wisdom

Embodying all the other gifts, as charity embraces all other virtues, Wisdom is the most perfect of the gifts. Of wisdom it is written “all good things came to me with her, and innumerable riches through her hands.” It is the gift of Wisdom that strengthens our faith, fortifies hope, perfects charity, and promotes the practice of virtue in the highest degree. Wisdom enlightens the mind to discern and relish things divine, in the appreciation of which earthly joys lose their savor, whilst the Cross of Christ yields a divine sweetness according to the words of the Savior: “Take up thy cross and follow Me, for My yoke is sweet, and My burden light.”

 

Prayer

Come, O Spirit of Wisdom, and reveal to my soul the mysteries of heavenly things, their exceeding greatness, power and beauty. Teach me to love them above and beyond all passing joys and satisfactions of the earth. Help me to attain them and possess them for ever. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

NINTH DAY

Thou, on those who evermore

Thee confess and Thee adore,

In Thy sevenfold gifts, descend:

Give them comfort when they die;

Give them life with Thee on high;

Give them joy which never ends. Amen.

 

The Fruits of the Holy Ghost

The gifts of the Holy Ghost perfect the supernatural virtues by enabling us to practice them with greater docility to divine inspiration. As we grow in the knowledge and love of God under the direction of the Holy Spirit, our service becomes more sincere and generous, the practice of virtue more perfect. Such acts of virtue leave the heart filled with joy and consolation and are known as Fruits of the Holy Spirit. These fruits in turn render the practice of virtue more attractive and become a powerful incentive for still greater efforts in the service of God, to serve Whom is to reign.

 

Prayer

Come, O Divine Spirit, fill my heart with Thy heavenly fruits, Thy charity, joy, peace, patience, benignity, goodness, faith, mildness, and temperance, that I may never weary in the service of God, but by continued faithful submission to Thy inspiration, may merit to be united eternally with Thee in the love of the Father and the Son. Amen.

 

Our Father, Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father (seven times)

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

 

 

Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost

On my knees before the great multitude of heavenly witnesses, I offer myself soul and body to Thee, Eternal Spirit of God. I adore the brightness of Thy purity, the unerring keenness of Thy justice, and the might of Thy love. Thou art the Strength and Light of my soul. In Thee I live and move and am. I desire never to grieve Thee by unfaithfulness to grace, and I pray with all my heart to be kept from the smallest sin against Thee. Mercifully guard my every thought and grant that I may always watch for Thy light and listen to Thy voice and follow Thy gracious inspirations. I cling to Thee and give myself to Thee and ask Thee by Thy compassion to watch over me in my weakness. Holding the pierced Feet of Jesus and looking at His Five Wounds and trusting in His Precious Blood and adoring His opened Side and stricken Heart, I implore Thee Adorable Spirit, helper of my infirmity, so to keep me in Thy grace that I may never sin against Thee. Give me grace O Holy Ghost, Spirit of the Father and the Son, to say to Thee always and everywhere, “Speak Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” Amen.

 

Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who, before ascending into heaven, didst promise to send the Holy Ghost to finish Thy work in the souls of Thy Apostles and Disciples, deign to grant the same Holy Spirit to me, that He may perfect in my soul the work of Thy grace and Thy love. Grant me the Spirit of Wisdom that I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal, the Spirit of Understanding to enlighten my mind with the light of Thy divine truth, the Spirit of Counsel that I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining Heaven, the Spirit of Fortitude that I may bear my cross with Thee, and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation, the Spirit of Knowledge that I may know God and know myself and grow perfect in the science of the Saints, the Spirit of Piety that I may find the service of God sweet and amiable, the Spirit of Fear that I may be filled with a loving reverence towards God, and may dread in any way to displease Him. Mark me, dear Lord, with the sign of Thy true disciples and animate me in all things with Thy Spirit. Amen.

 

© 1912, Holy Ghost Fathers

 

JMJ – IOGD

You Are Catholic? Church Teaching May Surprise You | Religious Liberty

Do you think you are Catholic? The actual Catholic Church teaching may surprise you. Let’s check out what the Church teaches about ‘Religious Liberty’.

The teaching regarding ‘Religious Liberty’ is presented as a comparison between what the Church teaches, versus contrary teachings of a religion that many people THINK is Catholic.

 

Think You Are Catholic? Check out Church Teaching on Religious Liberty…

 

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If you think you are Catholic, then you MUST ascribe to the teaching of the Catholic Church in the first column. As we know, Church teaching in faith and morals can not be wrong, nor can it contradict itself. That means that to ascribe to the teaching in the second column, you believe the first column to be false.

By thinking that the second column is Catholic, and the first column is false, you are one that believes that the Catholic Church was created sometime in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Because it would be impossible for the Catholic Church to be wrong for it’s first 1900+ years of existence.

Through reason and faith, we can clearly surmise that the teaching described in column one, is truly Catholic. The teaching in the second column is a new teaching from a new church. And the question remains….Do you still think you are Catholic?

JMJ – IOGD

 

Sources:

The teaching from the Catholic Church in the first column is sourced by Pope Pius IX (Quanta Cura), Pope Leo XIII (Immortale Dei, Libertas Prastantissimum, E giunto), Pope Pius VI (Quod aliquantulum),  Pope St. Pius X (Condemnation of the Sillon, Vehementer Nos, Pascendi Dominici Gregis), Pope Gregory XVI (Mirari Vos), Pope Pius IX (Syllabus Errorum), Pope Pius VII (Post tam diuturnitas), Pius XII (Ci Riesce), Pope Pius XI (Quas Primas)

The teaching from the Novus Ordo Church in the second column is sourced from Vatican II’s Dignitatis Humana.

Why I Am a Catholic | Appendix | Catholic Baltimore Catechism #3

A reading of the Catholic Baltimore Catechism #3, Father Connell’s Confraternity Edition. This is Appendix, Why I Am a Catholic. (copyright 1949 Benziger Brothers, Inc)


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