If a person cannot receive Holy Eucharist due to not being in a state of grace, because of continuing some sin, or some other reason, can that person ever go to Heaven? How can we know if there is still hope if they die in this state?
If it is a situation where a Catholic is living in an invalid marriage, then confession alone cannot alter the situation, is that correct? So, what will happen to the Catholic person continuing to live in an invalid marriage? Does the Church teach that Purgatory is their temporary punishment, then perhaps a chance of Heaven? :harp:
And what about Catholics who stop attending Mass for long periods without going to confession? What happens if they continue this way? Does the Church teach that they go to Purgatory, but with a hope of Heaven? Do most people spend some time in Purgatory? Does the Church have guidelines or statements about which sins will allow a hope of Heaven and others sins that will not allow this hope? :heaven:
Also, is not being able to receive Holy Eucharist due to some of these reasons, is that alone something that will keep one from Heaven?:blush: I'm wondering about this also, because I thought it interesting as a relatively new Convert, that there is just the Easter requirement for receiving Holy Eucharist, preceded by confession. when I would think if people were required to receive Holy Eucharist more often, they would also be required to receive the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, which is so good for the soul.
Thank you for any help on Official Church teachings on these. Basically, I'm wondering about a Catholic who may not be able to change his or her situation or isn't attending Mass because they might feel that since they cannot receive Holy Eucharist, that there is not hope of Heaven. If I am incorrect on any of this, I thank you for your patience and look forward to seeing if anyone can shed some light on these questions using Church doctrine if possible.:highprayer: