I have some concerns and questions about salvation.
It’s this notion of deathbed repentance which is bothering me.
Obviously we pick up our crosses and embark on our journey, following our Lord.
Now, if someone has led a less than perfect life, and truly is sorry, and repents, my understanding is that they would die with no mortal sin, and go straight to heaven?
My counter-understanding to this is that they might not have sufficient grace to merit this, and would instead go to purgatory.
Should a catholic suddenly die, and they missed mass last Sunday- but otherwise led a good Christian life- what of this? I would presume that if this catholic were living a good Christian life, then they may not have the necessary will to miss mass,
"1857 For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: "Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.“131”
I would think that, if this catholic had not repented, then my presupposition that they were leading a good Christian life would be inaccurate, anyway. So this answers itself to an extent.
Back to my opening question. Only pure souls are in heaven. If one leads a bad life, there would be an accumulation of impurities which a deadthbed repentance would not cleanse, even if the soul was free of mortal sin? There would be attachments to sin, still.
Simplistically, let’s say someone was inclined to jealousy. They get to heaven and see ‘so-and-so’. “How did he get to heaven?!” they’d say. A jealous thought.
Going into the afterlife with this ‘baggage’ seems not to be possible, otherwise heaven would not be ‘heaven’; it would be less then perfect.
So to summarise and to get your valuable comments:
Would my assumption re. the miss-mass miss heaven analogy above, with its accompanying theory about the nature of that person’s relationship with God be an accurate one? With a side note- if this person missed mass, but with all their heart wanted to have been at mass that day- would it be a mortal sin (side note b) (!) - would one argue that while it was very noble to have really, really wanted to be at mass- if they could have found a way to attend, and didn’t, would it be mortal?. Would the intense feeling of remorse counter this by being true contrition?)
A deathbed repentance would not send a soul to heaven. Instead it opens up the evidence for a purgatory. The repentance and genuine contrition would at least start the afterlife journey into heaven.
There’s a lot there, but I invite comments!