Every year in late October or very early November I publish a post regarding a plenary indulgence granted to the faithful who:
“A plenary indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
-on any and each day from November 1 to 8, devoutly visit a cemetery and pray, if only mentally, for the departed;
-on All Souls’ Day (or, according to the judgment of the ordinary, on the Sunday preceding or following it, or on the solemnity of All Saints), devoutly visit a church or an oratory and recite an Our Father and the Creed.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the souls in purgatory, is granted to the faithful who,
-devoutly visit a cemetery and at least mentally pray for the dead;
-devoutly recite lauds or vespers from the Office of the Dead or the prayer Requiem aeternam (Eternal rest).“
(From the fourth edition of the Enchiridion of Indulgences, 1999)
However, the Vatican News website has an update that the plenary indulgence is now (at least for 2020) granted throughout the month of November:
“Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the need to avoid large groups from forming where prohibited, the Plenary Indulgence applicable to the deceased by those who visit a cemetery has been extended beyond the normal dates of 1 to 8 November. This year, the indulgence can be obtained by anyone who visits a cemetery, even if only mentally, on any day in November, and devoutly prays for the faithful departed.
Regarding the Plenary Indulgence attached to All Souls’ Day, 2 November, this year, it can be obtained not only on the preceding or succeeding Sunday, or on the actual Feast day, but on any other day of the month chosen by each member of the faithful. In this case, the indulgence is obtained by “devoutly visiting a church or an oratory”, along with the recitation of the Our Father and the Creed, and the other requirements associated with a Plenary Indulgence.
For anyone who cannot leave their home for various reasons, including anti-Covid restrictions, they too can obtain the Plenary Indulgence by “uniting themselves spiritually to other members of the faithful”. In this case, the condition of being “completely detached from sin” and the intention of completing the other requirements for obtaining a Plenary Indulgence remain. These conditions are Sacramental Confession, reception of Holy Communion and a prayer for the Holy Father’s intentions.
The Decree suggests that such prayer take place before an “image of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin Mary”. Among the various prayers that are recommended are “prayers for the deceased, Morning or Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead, the Rosary, the Divine Mercy Chaplet, meditating on various Gospel passages proposed for the liturgy of the Dead, or completing a work of mercy by offering to God the suffering and discomforts of one’s own life”.
I personally believe that perilous times are upon us and the threadbare social fabric (in the United States) will completely fray and break. The degree to which political violence will occur depends on a variety of factors, and I cannot foresee what will happen because there are too many variables and I am no prophet. However, I will suggest that even if you live outside the United States, but especially if you live in it, that you partake of this. We do not know how long we will be upon this Earth and any day may be our last. Sadly, the chances are rising with the pandemic and probable civil violence that any day could be the last. Take advantage of this plenary indulgence. Do not assume that you have unlimited amount of time remaining to make your peace with God.
There are increasing predictions that a civil war may erupt in the USA. It may just be click-baitey scare tactics and hyperbole, but if this happens there will most likely be an economic collapse of some sort. Given the degree to which the USA is interconnected with other countries (thanks to globalism with its ‘free trade’ agreements and international banksters and the global debt relationships) if there is an economic collapse in the USA, it will have profound repercussions across the globe. What political violence this sparks elsewhere is open to conjecture.
Hang tight, pray the Rosary daily and stick close to the Church. And by that I mean the Mass and Sacraments, your Catholic Bible, the Catechism (The ‘Roman Catechism’ of the Council of Trent and/or the 1994 Catechism of Pope St. John Paul II) and if you’re going the route of private revelations, educate yourself and please only place your faith in the approved ones. And have the humility to submit to Church authority in determining what is approved; your personal opinion on the private revelation should always be subject to the Church’s authority.Know someone, perhaps yourself, who might like Catholic devotionals for alcoholics? Please take a look at my books! "The Stations of the Cross for Alcoholics" and "The Recovery Rosary: Reflections for Alcoholics and Addicts" (Thank you!!)