Surely this has been posted somewhere but there is WAY too much info. to sort through in such little time.
I invited my coworker to Mass–I’m trying to evangelize her, and she is iffy about going… She said she dated a Catholic in college (probably about 20 years ago), and that when she went a couple of times to mass with him and his family they couldn’t tell her why they did or believed certain things. Of course, she didn’t give me examples and I had to run out the door to my next class since my lunch was over. I did manage to squeeze out of her a little juice as to one reason why she is not so sure that she wants to go to Mass.
She said that she went to a Christian conference. She stated that there were two Catholics there that said anyone that wasn’t Catholic was going to hell. I have heard both sides of this from Catholics. In fact, the other day I heard Fr. Corapi in a recorded lecture say that as long as people live good lives within Gods laws (ie. no suicide bombing, murder, etc [not following the 10 commandments]) that a lot of people are going to heaven. He said that Jesus died to forgive our sins, and that means everyone on Earth. He said even people that do not know about Jesus dying for us will go to heaven because that is why he came. This is contradicted in something I printed off of Catholic.com that states that if you are a heretic or part of a schism, you are not going there…
So, I want to help this lady understand, and I want to understand!! What is the actual teaching? I thought that we just feel sorry for everyone else because they aren’t getting the full benefit of all the sacraments–especially the Eucharist.
Thanks for your input!