I have talked about this before but I think it is very important to bring up again since there are still many questions.
When a sin is committed there are two repercussions. One is eternal punishment and the other is temporal punishment. Eternal punishment is forgiven in confession. Temporal punishment is ordinarily remitted in Purgatory, but can be remitted in this life by gaining indulgences and offering up our suffering. A plenary indulgence remits all temporal punishment due to sin (no Purgatory!). Partial indulgences remit only some of the temporal punishment due to sin (some Purgatory). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states the following about Purgatory: "All who die in God's grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven " (#1030).
A plenary indulgence can be obtained during the year of mercy when the following conditions are met:
This plenary indulgence can be granted once a day. It can be applied to the Holy Souls in Purgatory or to yourself.BACK TO LIST