what are the basic requirements to enter heaven for a catholic?
[quote=dunner]what are the basic requirements to enter heaven for a catholic?
The same as for everyone else: being elected in Christ
too vauge, could you explain in detail. thanks
To get into heaven you have to answer the following question:
A train leaves from Chicago at two 'o clock headed west at 30 mph. At the same time an east bound train leaves Los Angeles…
It’s simple. To enter, one must be perfect. Entirely sanctified. No remaining proclivity to sin.
Notice I said simple, not easy.
This is also why most of us will be having an extended layover in Purgatory…
1.) One must be baptized, either by water, blood, or desire.
2.) One must be in a state of Grace (having no sins on their conscience which cut them off from God).
3.) One must be perfect. Assuming the first two conditions are met, this can be accomplished in Purgatory.
Dunner, this is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church:
1721 God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us “partakers of the divine nature” and of eternal life. With beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ and into the joy of the Trinitarian life.
1722 Such beatitude surpasses the understanding and powers of man. It comes from an entirely free gift of God: whence it is called supernatural, as is the grace that disposes man to enter into the divine joy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God."
It is true, because of the greatness and inexpressible glory of God, that “man shall not see me and live,” for the Father cannot be grasped. But because of God’s love and goodness toward us, and because he can do all things, he goes so far as to grant those who love him the privilege of seeing him… For “what is impossible for men is possible for God.”
1723 The beatitude we are promised confronts us with decisive moral choices. It invites us to purify our hearts of bad instincts and to seek the love of God above all else. It teaches us that true happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement - however beneficial it may be - such as science, technology, and art, or indeed in any creature, but in God alone, the source of every good and of all love:
All bow down before wealth. Wealth is that to which the multitude of men pay an instinctive homage. They measure happiness by wealth; and by wealth they measure respectability… It is a homage resulting from a profound faith … that with wealth he may do all things. Wealth is one idol of the day and notoriety is a second… Notoriety, or the making of a noise in the world - it may be called “newspaper fame” - has come to be considered a great good in itself, and a ground of veneration.
1724 The Decalogue, the Sermon on the Mount, and the apostolic catechesis describe for us the paths that lead to the Kingdom of heaven. Sustained by the grace of the Holy Spirit, we tread them, step by step, by everyday acts. By the working of the Word of Christ, we slowly bear fruit in the Church to the glory of God.