The Words of Life
Herod was overjoyed at seeing Jesus; for a long time he had been eager to have sight of Him, because he had heard so much of Him, and now he hoped to witness some miracle of His. And he questioned Him in many words. But He answered him nothing. Luke 23:8-9
Herod received the Lord with loud laughter as an enchanter and conjurer. In this dreadful misconception he commenced to examine and question Him, persuaded that he could thereby induce Him to work some miracle to satisfy his curiosity. But the Master of wisdom and prudence, standing with an humble reserve before His most unworthy judge, answered him not a word. For on account of his evil–doing he well merited the punishment of not hearing the words of life, which he would certainly have heard if he had been disposed to listen to them with reverence. — Venerable Mary of Agreda “Mystical City of God”
Bishops of Rome on Holy Scripture
Pope Benedict XVI
Saint Pope John Paul II
Pope Leo XIII
Indulgences attached to Scripture reading
An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment for sins, whose guilt is forgiven, which a properly disposed member of the Christian faithful obtains under certain and clearly defined conditions through the intervention of the Church, which, as the minister of Redemption, dispenses and applies authoritatively the treasury of the expiatory works of Christ and the Saints.
An indulgence is partial or plenary according to whether it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.
To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.
Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.
To gain plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform indulgenced work and fulfil following three conditions:
- Sacramental Confession
- Eucharistic Communion
- Prayer for intentions of Sovereign Pontiff (one Our Father and one Hail Mary suffice, though choice of prayer is left to faithful).
Single Confession suffices for gaining several plenary indulgences; but Holy Communion and the prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father are needed to gain each plenary indulgence.
Three conditions may be fulfilled several days before of after indulgenced work, though it is fitted to receive Holy Communion and pray for Holy Father on the same day the indulgenced work is performed.
If any of the conditions of gaining plenary indulgence is not met, then partial indulgence is obtained.
Under general conditions a plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who read the Sacred Scriptures as spiritual reading, from a text approved by competent authority and with the reverence due to the Divine Word, for at least a half an hour; if the time is less, the indulgence will be partial.
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