As many may know, there are some requirements associated with the reception of a Plenary Indulgence. Most of these are fairly simple acts and not too difficult. However there is one that seems like it could be a real DOOZY.
Here is the specific requirement:
A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:
— have the interior disposition of **complete detachment **from sin, even venial sin… vatican.va/roman_curia/tr…lgence_en.html
I was hoping to see if anyone here can further define what complete detachment to a venial sin means?
*]1. It means you **won’t want **to commit some venial sins if placed in situations that could create the near occasion of sin for you under **ordinary **circumstances. Examples: when you walk by a smoking area you look at a cigarette you want it (though your doctor told you to not to smoke anymore), when you see a beautiful person, you fantasize for long enough to realize this is wrong but you keep going for a minute, when someone tests your patience you carefully consider several cruel replies, when you are at work you wish you could be out with your friends and not contributing to work, on Sundays you wish you could be working.
*]2. It means you **won’t want **to commit some venial sins if placed in situations that would create the near occasion of sin for you under **extraordinary **circumstances. Examples: You happily turn down your neighbor’s invitation when you accidently walked in on her annual naked-model pool and beer party. Or you don’t even think of anything naughty to say after days of grueling torture in a POW camp.
*]3. It means you are not “addicted” to venial sins - that you say “no” to venial sins under ordinary circumstances. Examples: you can say “No” to the unhealthy cigarette (because your doctor told you to), the burger on a Lenten Friday, to anger when someone provokes you with a nasty comment, to friends instead of work, to working on Sundays… though a part of you may have preferred to do these things that you said “no” to.
*]4. It means you can say “no” to committing any venial sins even when placed under extraordinary circumstances. Example, you politely thank your hosts and leave the naked pool party as described above, though a part of you may secretly have wished to stay a little longer. Or you refrain from using naughty words in the POW camp after grueling torture, though you thought up several choice words at various times.
I’m thinking it means #3 but because it says complete detachment, I wanted to check in with your thoughts on this matter.
Note: this is a spin-off from another thread I recently posted regarding the Apostolic Pardon. Apologies in advance for any redundancy.