[quote="Sonny_Jim, post:6, topic:2761"]
OK this really frightens me. If a priest is judged not worthy and condemned to hell, what chance does a sinner like me have? I mean, I try to be "good" but I know I am so weak and sinful. In all seriousness this man is a priest, someone who dedicated his life to the Lord's service and if his judgement was hell, what on earth can I possibly hope to do? I'm literally flabbergasted!
I realize there is the sacrament confession and the Lord's Divine Mercy which He says is infinite and His greatest attribute but...I'm sorry this priest's story and the fact that he was judged worthy of hell just blows my mind and leaves me somewhat hopeless and altogether fearful. :confused:
Well, Sonny Jim, it may not be easy to get to Heaven but it most certainly is possible. The best we can do is give belief to all that the Church teaches, have a good and strong prayer life, attend Mass as often as possible but especially on Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation, go to Confession regularly and especially when we commit a mortal sin, and follow Jesus. Remember, God knows everything about us. He knows all of the trouble we have in this life and of course He takes that into account when He judges us at both the Particular Judgment and the Final Judgment. Of course, this is no excuse for us to be lazy or neglectful of doing our best. I believe that a devotion to Mary through the Rosary is a great help for getting to Heaven. There are also numerous other devotions which we can take advantage of to give us the graces we need to stay out of sin and to stay in the state of grace. In fact, each and every one of us has the potential to become a canonized saint after we die if we just make use of the graces that are freely and abundantly available to us. God is merciful. He is the most merciful of all. He is the Father of Mercy. He is Mercy Himself! He didn't die on that cruel cross so He could stand up there and whack us over the head with every thing we do wrong. No, He died on that cross to appease the Father so that we might have forgiveness of our sins. And even more than that, He gave us our Mother, Mary. He also gave us the many saints and devotions of the Church. Make use of them. Do so and you stand a much better chance of staying out of Hell. :)