It’s wonderful to see the internet, for all its faults, being apostolically employed for the new evangelization.
The Chosen, a rather hip life of Christ complete with an on-the-spectrum tax collector is filming its second season and crowdfunding its third.
Meanwhile, Fr. Mike Schmitz is setting podcast box office records with his Bible in a Year series from Ascension Press. Every day a new podcast is dropped, each containing passages from Scripture, prayer, and commentary.
The effects of the podcasts are Catholic, unifying: they bring together people, writings, events–and us.
In a time when so much seems locked down, it’s great to notice once again that the Word of God is not chained.
This November we have been given especially abundant opportunities to serve the most helpless of our brothers and sisters, who await their final redemption in Purgatory.
A plenary indulgence may be obtained any day this November for those who visit a cemetery and pray for the dead. Normally only 8 days are allowed for fulfilling the requirements, from the Sunday before All Souls’ Day through the following Sunday. For this one year, the indulgence is available the entire month.
The usual conditions apply. However, this year, there is an additional convenience allowed due to the pandemic. Instead of physically visiting a cemetery, it is acceptable to simply mentally visit one. And for those who are homebound, praying at home with the intention of fulfilling the other obligations, such as Confession and Communion is sufficient.
Furthermore, the requirements can be fulfilled days of the month.
It can be difficult to know how to serve others, with all of the troubles we see around us. This is one concrete way to engage ourselves in the graced act of healing, through the merits of Jesus Christ, by our prayers.