Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Pope invites the faithful to pray the Rosary for the Year of Faith

On October 7, 2012, before praying the Angelus Pope Benedict  made this announcement to the whole Church: "I would like to invite everyone to cherish the Rosary during the forthcoming Year of Faith. With the Rosary, in fact, we allow ourselves to be guided by Mary, the model of faith, in meditating upon the mysteries of Christ, and day after day we are helped to assimilate the Gospel so that it can shape our lives. Therefore, in the wake of my predecessors, and in particular Blessed John Paul II who ten years ago gave us his Apostolic Letter 'Rosarium Virginis Mariae', I invite people to pray the Rosary individually, in the family and in the community, placing themselves in the school of Mary who leads us to Christ, the living centre of our faith."

So let's try to make an effort to follow the Pope's spiritual advice and recite the Rosary everyday. He also decreed that the faithful will be granted a Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Faith. (The reader will find all the required conditions to be met in the last link.) The indulgence can be obtained from the start of the Year of Faith on October 11, 2012 to November 24, 2013.

What is a Plenary Indulgence? The Code of Canon Law (can. 992) and the Catechism of the Catholic Church (n. 1471) define it this way: "An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain conditions through the action of the Church which, as a minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the sanctifications of Christ and the saints."

Today, as we begin the Year of Faith, may this be a time for deepening and re-disciovering our faith and our love for Christ. With a contrite heart, we realize that this is what our families and our nation need most.

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