I recently thought that I should take two aspects of the spiritual reality more seriously, i.e. reparation for my sins and the souls in the purgatory. Therefore it seems wise to me to make as full a use of indulgences, which our Mother so readily offers to us in Her generosity, as possible. Now I have some questions to you, wiser and more knowledgeable brothers and sisters:
It is my understanding that one can obtain plenary indulgence either 20 days (used to be 7?) after or before one’s confession. Correct?
During this time one can obtain plenary indulgance each time one receives Eucharist. Correct? So if I go to Mass twice a week then, in theory, I can obtain two plenary indulgences a week. Yes?
To do so I need to perform the work with an intention of gaining an indulgence either for the remission of temporal punishment for my own sins or the sins of a deceased person, be in a state of grace, have gone to confession within the aforementioned time period, have no attachment to any sin whatsoever and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. Correct?
As to partial indulgences:
I assume that one can gain many of them a day and although one needs to be in a state of grace one does not need to have gone to communion for any of them? So, for example, I can obtain any number of indulgences during the week even though I went only twice to Mass during the week and I have ‘used up’ those communions to gain other indulgences. Yes?
Does each action need to be consciously performed with an indulgence in mind?
Can I perform an action in one intention (for example pray for a friend) but offer the indulgence for a soul in purgatory or myself?
I also heard that for each indulgence one gains the Church offers another on top of that. So for example if I gain a partial indulgence by performing all of the acts above I also gain another one gratis? Is that correct? If so, does it apply to to plenary indulgences as well as partial?
Can one gain more than one partial indulgence for the same action on the same day? For example if Memorare is indulged and I pray it 3 times a day does this mean that I gain 3 indulgences? (and if the above is also correct, then 3 additional on top of that)
Sorry to be so technical about this, but I want to do as much for those souls (and for my own) as possible.