If we were to boil down our salvation to the bare essentials, here is my initial list. Please give me your thoughts on what I have missed:
*]Believe in Jesus
*]Keep the commandments
*]Avoid mortal sin like the plague
*]Acknowledge your sins often in confession
*]Frequent the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, confession
*]Educate your conscience[/LIST]
While your essentials are certainly worthy, I think that if we had to boil it down to the bare essentials one certainly couldn’t do any worse than calling on Jesus for His Divine Mercy. Remember what he told St. Faustina (I’m paraphrasing);
“All souls have a right to my mercy; the greater the sinner the greater the right, even though their sins be as scarlet.”
Remember the words of the Good Thief: “Jesus, remember me when you enter into your kingdom,” and Our Lord’s reply, “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
So, while your list is a good example of what a Catholic should strive, I think the bare essentials is a complete trust in Jesus.
And before anyone criticizes my post, by a complete trust in Jesus I mean His mercy, but also His Church, too, which he gave us to aid in our salvation. The Church, through the sacraments, contains His mercy.
St Alphonsus tells us "In conclusion, to save one’s soul without prayer is most difficult, and even (as we have seen) impossible, according to the ordinary course of God’s providence." ourladyswarriors.org/prayer/mustpray.htm
And if you can’t do it when you get to Purgatory, be sure that you’ll be able to do it when you get out.
It’s a long road…may as well start the work now!
There is no “bare minimum” for heaven. You have to give all, and that “all”, marred and reduced to nothingness as it is by sin, must be redeemed by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. If you insist on holding back anything whatsoever, you will be lost. If you will not eventually submit to the necessity of Jesus’ saving grace–which may happen beyond the knowledge of those of us who still live on earth–you have no hope. That’s all there is to it.
I rely quite a bit on the sacrament of Reconciliation . To draw the fullest measure possible of God’s Mercy from that sacrament, we also need to be able to forgive others; as we say in the Our Father…“and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…”
And as Our Beloved Lord said in Matt 18:32b-35 :
…I forgave you your entire debt because you begged me to.
Should you not have had pity on your fellow servant, as I had pity on you?'
Then in anger his master handed him over to the torturers until he should pay back the whole debt. 23
24 So will my heavenly Father do to you, unless each of you forgives his brother from his heart
Just my personal view here but, I realize I can’t forgive my brother from my heart unless God enables me to. And I can’t draw on the fullness of God’s mercy unless I can forgive others from my heart.