"A plenary indulgence is a mighty tool for works of mercy and weapon in our ongoing spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission, through the merits of Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven.
To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan sanctuary, or one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. Then perform the work of reciting the Creed and Our Father and pray for the Pope’s designated intentions. You should be free, at least intentionally, of attachment to venial and mortal sin, and truly repentant. Make your sacramental confession 8 days before or after. Participate at assist at Mass and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after."
"My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God."
Saint Francis of Assisi - c1220
picture found at Religious Art History course
A friend alerted me to this jewel:
"This is a photo of the Portiuncala in Hanover, Mass. which is the burial site of Cardinal Cushing. Last Saturday was the Feast of Our Lady of Angels, and I decided to make a short pilgrimage to the Portiuncala. This chapel is a true replica of the chapel in the Church of Our Lady of the Angels in Assisi, Italy."
Above: A delicate bird nest from online and two photos from a nest that fell from a tree in my neighborhood.
If you have ever observed a bird looking for building materials, then you've noted how fussy they are about what they'll include. The little birds who built the nest I found had a particular preference for cottonwood, dandelion floaters (seeds), straw-like stands and some other fuzzy golden material. It was all intricately woven together with great care.
Photos from nesting birds post in 2015.
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