if we’re bold enough to approach Christ’s mercy to be forgiven, should we not do it his way? confession
if we’re bold enough to beg the remission of our temporal punishment, should we not do it his way? indulgences
The Church, in granting indulgences, extends the mercy of Christ out to the faithful. Christ already grants indulgences, in the sense of already remitting our temporal punishment outside of our seeking a defined indulgence. for example, an act of charity might result in the compassion of Christ remitting some temporal punishment. that person could also seek an indulgence, and then too, Christ is faithful to His promises and remits. but we can never know when exactly Christ might remit punishment or to what degree. if we knew our sins and the severity, and i mean really knew them, we’d be on the floor begging forgiveness, and if we knew the conditions of purgatory, again we’d be begging for that to be taken away in some fashion.
it has been my experience, in my own faith life, that while indulgences ought to be sought for the souls in purgatory, in reality i have no idea where to send this or that merit, thats why i give it all to Our Lady. and Our Lady, in her graciousness, takes what i give her, as weak as it is, and amplifies it, and then in her superabundant mercy flowing from Christ, takes care of me. because we know there is no limit to God’s mercy, and so making a heroic act of merit sacrifice (so to speak ) is what God asks in reality. we lay down our life for our friends, and God rewards us when we act like His Son.
indulgences are an immense blessing from God. but God is not limited to remitting punishment only through an “official” sought out indulgence, especially when the faithful are so ignorant of the Church’s teaching on such. God WANTS to remit punishment and one way He does that is through indulgences. it is like confession, we know we are forgiven. in indulgences, we know we receive remission of temporal punishment.
to hope we will receive remission otherwise perhaps might be presumptuous especially when Christ already instituted a Church with the keys to heaven. it must be thought deeply about, His Words “WHATEVER you bind on earth is bound in heaven and WHATEVER you loose on earth is *loosed in heaven” *
Jesus said whatever, this is not a limiting word, He truly meant it.
besides, is not the Church guided by the Holy Spirit? where do we think indulgences came from, the mind of a human being? the Catholic Church makes too bold of claims. so bold in fact that, if the Church is seeking membership and what not, i dont think saying “we can not err on matters of faith and morals” is a very good idea.
the Church is guided by the Holy Spirit, and Christ, through Him, gives us the grace of indulgences as a means to approach His mercy. we’re men and women, God makes it simple. i do not think it is difficult to believe that God would want to make it easy for us to come to Him.
“I will be with you always”
“Whoever hears you hears me, whoever rejects you rejects me”
“When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you to all truth”
may God Bless you