This is the first time of have heard of you but, I am very interested. My question is this. My aunt was cremated and her ashes were spread over the water in Virginia. Since she doesn't have a grave, how can I apply these indulgences to her? My father's ashes are in a mausoleum in New Mexico and I live in Topeka, KS. How can I do this for him?
What prayers need to be said and how can I present to Our Lord the very best in prayer for my loved ones?
Comment from KJ Atkins of Louisville, KY:
I have had a strong pull to pray for the dead. I have had urges to leave my bed and go and walk the cemeteries in the middle of the night to pray for souls. I now rejoice that I can call myself a cemeterian.
Comment from Cheryl Curtis of Georgia:
I live in GA, but my dearly missed husband who passed away last year is buried in MI. How can I receive the indulgences since I am not physically able to be in MI to pray?
Comment from Judi Scherban:
Must you go to the cemetery where your deceased love one is buried to obtain the indulgence for them, or can you go to a nearby cemetery?
Do you have to meet the usual criteria for the plenary indulgence, Communion, Confession and prayer for the Holy Father?
Comment from Stumbling Sojourner of South Texas:
My son is buried in a Catholic cemetery 1200 miles away from where I live & I am not able to visit his gravesite. How can I have indulgences benefit his soul if I cannot be at his gravesite to pray for him, or at the gravesites of other family members who are also far away from where I live?
Comment from Marge Rudock:
I heard that in the olden days 3 Mass's were said one after the other on Nov 2 for the died. Why doesn't the churches do this anymore. can you tell me more about it and the reason why the church did that. Long ago one of my friends said she would attend 3 different Mass's on that day by going to 3 different churches. Why 3 churches and can you tell me more about that?
Comment from Alice Bonaiuto:
I have prayed for those family members when I go back home; however during time mentioned in Nov what about those indulgences when you can't fly home to pray at those cemeteries?
Comment from josephine sheppard:
I'm so glad to find YOU here. I pray for the Souls in Purgatory. Many ask me Why as they dont think there is a place as such. Well I can only say, Try it You got Nothing to Loose. Sad that so many are crippled in their beliefs today.
I can see them so confused over so many religions and some I see wandering from one church to another and so very unsettled in all of it.
I think I will ask our Dear Lord Jesus to give my indulgences to them instead that they will come to know the truth. and my prayer is they find it soon. There is no peace anyplace outside the Catholic Church to me. I know others are on the way there as searching can bring them there. I respect other faith,s but see the mixed minds of it all. ByGod,s Grace I am where I am. May He grace them also.
I prayed for the holy souls since I was very young and thought everyone else did. So My husband died in 2003 and I go to the Graveside frequently and me and my little doggie pray for all in the site. so we dont miss any there as we are all in need of God,s help. Sometimes my grandsons come with me and I tell them about the prayers and how to kneel and place love gifts there. That,s what I think Prayers are. GOD,s Love Gifts. Thank You for being there and God Bless Your work also. In Christ. Josephine.
1) Question for you: I am concerned as to why it would be necessary to visit the cemetery to receive indulgences for praying for the dead? the soul is not specifically there; it is everywhere, and nowhere, as there is no place or time in Heaven. Nor are there genes on the soul. thus, I see no way we will specifically see our loved ones there, as they arn't taking their bodies or their genes to the next life. The soul is pure energy.
2) I fear that the passing out of indulgences is the kind of thing that makes Catholics sound like magic chasers. Who authorized such a benefit as indulgences that can wipe away the stain of sin? It sounds more like phony hype made up perhaps by some well meaning cleric but in essence is malarchy. Martin Luther was so angry with the church for selling indulgences, that he left the church. And he was right. The church eventually thought it wrong too and stopped selling them. (Thank God!) But now you bring it up again. Man has no idea of what God wants other than what was directed to us through the Bible, The Commandments and several apparitions etc. The church can set standards that they believe will lead people to a higher standard in life, but to make eating meat on Friday or having food after midnight before receiving communion mortal sin is ridiculous. The Pope may be able to make procamations but I even doubt he can wipe away all sin by issueing an undulgence. I would just like the church to banish this type of hype. It sounds so phony. I love the church, but I hate to see it do malarchy hype to hold souls under it's power.
Comment from Phil D.:
I loved the article on the holy souls in Purgatory. I have offered Masses for the UNKNOWN souls in Purgatory that have nobody to pray for them. God has given us our faith. Lets all use it to help both the living and dead. Blessed be God Forever.
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Comment from Marge Benke of Evansville, IN: