Experiencing God’s Mercy through a Plenary
Indulgence during the Jubilee Year of Mercy
Receiving a plenary indulgence is a once in a lifetime opportunity for many as our Church rarely offers this opportunity. This grace-filled opportunity will end on November 20, 2016, when the Jubilee Year of Mercy concludes.
As we approach the Chicago Marathon this Sunday, we recognize that each one of these athletes has engaged in rigorous physical and mental exercises in order to compete and complete the Marathon. In these few weeks leading up to the conclusion of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us consider participating in a unique spiritual exercise by preparing for and receiving a plenary indulgence for the sake of our souls and the souls of the deceased.
How to Prepare to Receive a Plenary Indulgence
There are 5 steps to fulfill within an 8-day period: 1. Confession in order to be in state of grace; 2. Receive the Eucharist at Mass; 3. Make a profession of faith; 4. Pray for the intentions of our Pope; and 5. Simply walk through a designated Holy Door of Mercy.
An Indulgence can be obtained for oneself or a deceased person. An Indulgence is intended to put you in state of grace as if you were just baptized. Indulgences offer to us a clean slate, complete renewal, new life in Christ. Indulgences are better than New Year’s resolutions to allow us to begin again.
We have a Symbolic Door of Mercy in our Church. Designated Holy Doors of Mercy located near us are the following: St. Martha in Morton Grove, Holy Name Cathedral and St. Peter in the Loop in downtown Chicago, Church of St. Mary in Lake Forest, Marytown in Libertyville, and chapels at O’Hare and Midway airports for those traveling prior to November 20, 2016.
Let us take complete advantage of God’s Mercy prior to the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy on November 20, 2016, and prepare to receive a Plenary Indulgence.