Question from aaron on 2/17/2008:
Dear Fr. Bob Levis,
As this year is the 150 anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady to St. Bernadette Soubirous, the Pope has announced a plenary indulgences to those who devoutly remember Mary's messages (convert that includes praying for conversion of all sinners, pray and do penance) at Lourdes. The Pope also asked us to perform a charitable work or action to gain a plenary indulgence, to go to a Church where the image of Our Lady of Lourdes is honored, offer one Our Father or one Hail Mary for the Pope's intentions, and perform some pious act of devotion to Mary.
Here are my questions:
1. By saying the Rosary, is it a pious act of devotion to Mary?
2. Are there particular dates we can do what the Pope said i.e. on any anniversary of the 18 apparitions or can we do it any time we want during 2008 or only on Feb. 11/2008?
I found this out only on the night of Feb. 13 and I really want to do this. I hope I didn't miss it.
Fr. Bob Levis, thank you very much for all your help and God bless.
Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 2/18/2008:
Aaron, Surely the Rosary is a perfect prayer highly recommended by the Pope for this Plenary Indulgence and any date is perfect. Fr.Bob Levis