ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI AND GREAT PARDON
KNOWN AS THE PORTIUNCULA INDULGENCE
by Susan Tassone
The Portiuncula (small portion) refers to the land in Assisi, Italy, that belonged to the Benedictines.
On this land was an old church dedicated to the Virgin Mother of God but abandoned.
The great St. Francis had great devotion to the Queen of the world and when he saw that the church was deserted, he began to live there constantly and repair it. He heard that the angels often visited it, so that it was called St. Mary of the Angels.
The Benedictines wanted to give Francis the church but in order to remain faithful to Lady Poverty, Francis rented it from them with the annual compensation of a basket of fish from the Tescio river.
Here is where Francis began his service to Christ and His Church. Here Francis founded his Order, received Clare as his spiritual daughter, and where he died commending this spot above all others to the friars.
St. Francis had great love and compassion for everyone.
On a night of July, 1216, Francis was praying in the little church of the Portiuncula devoured by love for God and a thirst to save souls. He prayed for the forgiveness of sins of mankind.
Suddenly a brilliant light shone all around. In great splendor Jesus and Mary appeared in the midst of a dazzling cloud surrounded by a multitude of radiant angels.
Out of fear and reverence, St. Francis adored Our Lord prostrate upon the ground.
Then Jesus said to him: “Francis you are very zealous for the good of souls. Ask me what you want for their salvation.” St. Francis was rapt in ecstasy before Jesus.
When he regained his courage he said:
"Lord, I a miserable sinner beg You to concede an indulgence to all those who enter this church, who are truly contrite and have confessed their sins. And I beg Blessed Mary, your Mother, intercessor of man, that she intercede on behalf of this grace."
Our Lady at once began to beseech Her Son on behalf of Francis. Jesus answered:
"It is a very great thing that which you ask Me; but you are worthy of even greater things, Friar Francis, and greater things you will have. So I accept your request, but I want you to go to my Vicar, to whom I have given the power to bind and loose in Heaven and on earth, to ask him on my behalf for this indulgence."
With one of his companions, Francis hastened to Pope Honorius III and prostrate implored him to proclaim that every one visiting the church and confessing their sins with a contrite heart would be as pure from all sin and punishments as he was immediately after baptism. The Pope granted this petition. This indulgence has been extended to all parish churches throughout the world.
The date was set from vespers of the first of August until sundown on the second of August, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. It is said that St. Francis was given this day by Our Lord because the Feast of the Chains of St. Peter celebrated on August first is the day Peter was released from prison and his chains removed. This is an extraordinary demonstration of God’s mercy in removing the chains of sin from those who devoutly and faithfully seek to gain the indulgence by completing its requirements.
The conditions to obtain the Plenary Indulgence of the Forgiveness of Assisi is (for oneself or for a departed soul) as follows:
-- Sacramental Confession to be in God’s grace (during eight days before or after.)
-- Participation in the Holy Mass and Eucharist
-- Recitation of The Apostles Creed, Our Father and a prayer for the Pope’s Intention.
The Portiuncula Indulgence is a grace not to miss not only for yourself but for the many suffering souls in Purgatory.
Mark your calendar for the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels beginning on the First of August to August 2.
Tell everyone of the magnitude of this gift. Once again, we see the unfathomable Divine Mercy of God.
In the words of St. Francis: O my Brothers and Sisters, I want you all to go to Heaven!
This year it is from July 25 to August 2
To God Our Father we pray that through The Holy Octave of Consecration and it’s solemn eighth day, The Feast of the Father of All Mankind, He may be known, loved, served and honored by all His children.
Dearest God Our Father, we love You; we adore You; we worship You!
The Holy Octave of Consecration to God Our Father
to start on Saturday, July 25
For the full text click here
See below or click here for a free download of the Consecration Book
God Our Father: Consecration
and Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind,
or if you prefer you can can purchase it from St. Andrew’s Productions.
The Feast Day for the Father of All Mankind
is celebrated the first Sunday in August
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The brainchild of young Servant of God Carlo Acutis, an exhibition on Eucharistic miracles, has collected over 130 prodigious facts testifying to the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
By Federico Cenci
There is a red woven thread of wonder that runs through the history of the Church. An extraordinary event that transcends the laws of nature to show us the heart, the summit, and the core of God’s great plan. This crucial fact, the death and resurrection of Jesus, determines our faith.
From the Andes to the Indian Ocean, through all of Europe and the Middle East, Eucharistic miracles are an invisible bond linking people to the mystery and beauty of God’s presence.
Cataloguing all the miraculous events, throughout history, where the consecrated Host turned into flesh, and the wine into the blood, or when the Sacred Species was saved from desecration, theft, fire is a difficult task. The exhibition on Eucharistic miracles, thanks to a large collection of photographs and abundant historical descriptions, is unique.
About 136 Eucharistic miracles that occurred over the centuries in different countries around the world, and have been acknowledged by the Church, have been collected by this museum that runs through the panels which “virtually” lead us in the places where the events occurred. Already hosted in all five continents, thousands of parishes, 100 universities in the United States and in major Marian shrines throughout the world, the exhibition is the brainchild of the young Carlo Acutis.
Born in London on 3 May 1991 (where his parents used to work) and died in 2006, aged 15, due to a fulminant leukaemia, Carlo focused his short life on developing a friendship with Jesus. Friendship that granted him the strength to face death with amazing courage: minimizing the pain which doctors described as atrocious and deciding to offer them for the good of the Church and Pope Benedict XVI.
A multitude of moved people took part in his funeral. Whoever knew him acknowledged that they met a special teenager. Self-confident, lively, passionate about sport and a computing expert, Carlo had an ability to make himself close to those who suffer, friends or acquaintances. In each he saw the face of the One who is the centre of his affection.
At just 11 years-old he decided to talk about his special bond with the Eucharist. “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of Heaven” he wrote. He asked his parents to take him in all the places where the Eucharistic miracles took place. Hence the idea of the creation of this exhibition assumed a primary historical value.
Its organization took about two and a half years. A long, but worthwhile work. As you can read on the website, “The spiritual effects brought about by the exhibition could not have been predicted before its opening.” The initiative’s goodness is underlined by the authoritative foreword of Cardinal Angelo Comastri, Archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, and another from Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli who was, at the time, the Head of the Catechetical Office of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Some recent Eucharistic miracles were added after Carlo’s death. Among these, there is one which happened in Tixtla, Mexico, October 21, 2006, just nine days after the death of the exhibition’s young creator. During a spiritual retreat in the San Martin de Tours parish, during the Communion, the eyes of a priest suddenly grew moist with tears. The celebrant approached him and realized that the Host that this priest had taken to give Communion to a parishioner had begun to pour out a reddish substance.
This caused a sensation and emotion among all the faithful and outside the parish. Scientific research was conducted which ended in October 2012 with the following conclusion: the reddish substance corresponds to AB blood type, similar to that found in the Host of Lanciano and the Shroud of Turin, The blood comes from within, so we must exclude the possibility that someone might have placed it from the outside. The tissue found corresponded to the heart muscle.
In the light of these findings, in 2013 Monsignor Alejo Zavala Castro, Bishop of Chilpancingo, announced in a pastoral letter that “this event brings us a wonderful sign of God’s love, which confirms the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.” He said that the case was a “divine sign”.
It was a sign perhaps that this letter was published on October 12, 2013, day of the seventh anniversary of Carlo Acutis’s death — the young man who called the Eucharist “my highway to heaven.” This exhibition is a testament to his friendship with Jesus that Carlo has bequeathed to us all and for which his beatification cause has started.
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As a young lady, Luisa became a third Order Dominican tertiary, and took the name of Sister Mary Magdala. At the age of 16, Luisa made her profession to Jesus as His victim. From then until the end of her life she remained in a state of almost continuous suffering, enduring both the physical pains of the invisible stigmata, and the more terrible interior pains inflicted by Divine justice.
On October 16, 1888, Feast Day of St. Mary Margaret Alacoque, the Servant of God the Little Daughter of the Divine Will Luisa Piccarreta received the grace of the Mystical Marriage.
St. Mary Magdalen—Feast Day–July 22nd
St. Mary Magdalen is known for her great love of Jesus. She was the sinner who anointed Christ’s feet in Simon’s house, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, and was at the foot of the Cross at the Crucifixion. She discovered the empty tomb, heard the Angelic announcement of the Resurrection of Christ, and was the first person to see Christ later that same day.