The Portiuncola Indulgence is a special favor granted by the Pope to St. Francis at his request. He awoke one night in 1216 at the Porziuncola and an inspiration stronger than usual prompted him to arise and go into the little chapel. He knelt in prayer and, as he prayed, our Lord, accompanied by His Mother, appeared to him and bade him ask for that which he desired most. “0 God,” he said, “although I m a great sinner, I beseech You to grant a full pardon of all sins to all who, having repented and confessed their sins, shall visit this church.” And Jesus said to him: “Francis, you ask much, but you are worthy of greater things, and greater things you shall have.”
Our Lord then granted Francis’ request and told him to go to His Vicar for ratification of the indulgence. Honorius III, who was just beginning his Pontificate, was holding court at Perugia, and it was to him that Francis presented his petition.
Honorius was a spiritual, unworldly man, yet at such a request he hesitated. “Holy Father,” Francis said urgently, “a little while ago I restored a chapel for you in honour of the Virgin Mother of Christ (the Portiuncula), and I beseech you to bestow on it an indulgence.”
“For how many years do you want this indulgence?” the Pontiff inquired. “Holy Father,” said Francis, “I ask not for years but for souls.” “Just what do you want?” Honorius asked. “Holy Father,” replied Francis, “the Lord has commanded me to ask you that all those who after confession shall visit the Portiuncula with contrite hearts may obtain full remission of the punishment due to the sins of their whole lives from the day of Baptism to the day they enter this church.” Honorius pondered the extraordinary request, and said slowly three times: “I also, in the name of God, grant you the indulgence.”
Honorius wanted to give Francis the document of the indulgence, but Francis saw no need for it. “What have you to show that this indulgence has been granted you?” the Pope asked in amazement as Francis prepared to depart for Assisi without any written confirmation of the great permission. “Holy Father,” he replied, “Your word is enough for me. If this is the work of God, it is for Him to make His work manifest. I desire no other document. The Blessed Virgin Mary shall be the charter, Christ the notary, and the angels the witnesses.” Some days later, before the Bishops of Umbria, Francis said: “Brethren, I want to send you all to Heaven!”
The Portiuncula Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi Holy Mass, 2nd August 2021. Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift. Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God.
Posted by St Francis Of Assisi Newton Parish on Sunday, August 1, 2021
Conditions To Obtain The Plenary Indulgence Of The Forgiveness Of Assisi
(For Oneself Or For A Departed Soul)
(1) Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during the eight days before or after); (2) Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist. (3) Visit to a Catholic Church, followed by Profession of Faith, in order to reaffirm one’s own Christian identity; (4) Say the Our father, in order to reaffirm the dignity as child of God that one received in Baptism; (5) A prayer for the Pope’s intention, in order to reaffirm one’s membership in the Church, of which the Roman Pontiff is the foundation and sign of visible unity.
Italian Bishops’ Conference, Adult Catechism, n. 710 Sin not only destroys communion with God, but also compromises the interior state of persons and their relationship with other creatures. For a total repentance, it is not enough to be sorry and to receive the remission of faults. It is also necessary that reparation be made for the disorder provoked by sin, a disorder that usually continues after the sin. In this process of purification the penitent is not alone. The penitent participates in a mystery of solidarity, for which Christ and the Saints rejoice with one. God communicates to one the grace merited by others with the immense value of their existence, in order to effect one’s reparation rapidly and effectively. The Church has always exhorted the faithful to offer prayers, good works and sufferings for the conversion of sinners and for the repose of the faithful departed. During the first centuries, bishops reduced the duration and the severeness of public punishment, through the intercession of the witnesses of faith who survived tortures. Progressively the consciousness grew that the power to bind and unbind, received from the Lord, included the faculty to free penitents from the residue left by already forgiven sins, by applying to them the merits of Christ and the Saints, in order to obtain the grace of a fervent charity. Priests grant this privilege to those who have the right interior disposition and have adhered to the prescribed norms. Participation in this penitential rite is a prerequisite to the concession of an indulgence.