This question is more conceptual and spiritual than dogma or doctrine, so I decided to post it here.
Recently, I have been contemplating purgatory and indulgences. I have read and reread the section about indulgences in the Catechism, but the concept still eludes me a bit. Anyone’s clarification on it is most welcome.
My question here as it popped into my head the other day is this:
Do you offer prayers and those that qualify for indulgences generally to “the souls in purgatory” – since realistically you don’t know who is in purgatory?
Simply put – I could go to the church and pray a rosary for my grandmother who has died. But realistically, I don’t know if she is still in purgatory. So rather than say one “for her” – I simply say it for the “souls in purgatory” who are in need of indulgences. Right?
…as a prodigal daughter – I never want to leave His side again…