Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence

The Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence is a special type of plenary indulgence by which all sins are forgiven and all punishment due for those sins is remitted (wiped away). To obtain the indulgence:

1. Go to Confession within about 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday (the Sunday AFTER Easter Sunday)
2. Receive Communion (preferably at Mass) on Divine Mercy Sunday (or the Saturday vigil Mass)
3. Say a prayer for the intentions of Pope Francis (any devout prayer is fine, but one Our Father and one Hail Mary is suggested)

In my opinion, detachment from even venial sin (a usual requirement for a plenary indulgence) is not required for the Divine Mercy indulgence. It is a special type of indulgence, whereby that requirement is dispensed.

I think that the person performing the works above (#1-3) must have the intention to obtain the indulgence, but I cannot be certain if that is required.

— Ronald L. Conte Jr.

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4 Responses to Divine Mercy Sunday indulgence

  1. Jbbt9 says:

    Ron, what is the meaning of “detachment” from venial sin. Does it mean a habitual sin which you are not taking serious effort to break away from. Does it include anything else. Thank you.

  2. King Robert the Bruce says:

    Ron I was reading again about Maria Simma the alleged Austrian mystic who while alive claimed she conversed with the holy souls in purgatory she said that at the moment of death the person who has died has a chance to accept God and repent even after a lifetime of sin she said each soul has a couple of minutes to say I accept Gods mercy or reject his mercy do you think that’s possible.

    • Ron Conte says:

      No, absolutely not. That type of idea nullifies the entire moral teaching of the Church. It claims that you are judged based on your decision at that moment, and not on how you lived your life. That’s not what Jesus taught. It is an unfortunate pious idea, that is not in keeping with the Gospel. However, as long as someone is alive, they can repent from past sins. But there is not special time at the moment of death, where a moment is actually a couple of minutes, and you get to decide whether to accept or reject God’s mercy. Sinners must repent from grave sin before death, not after. And it’s not a question of accepting or rejecting mercy, but of repenting from sin.

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