[quote="MarkThompson, post:2, topic:322675"]
Yes. "Do I indeed derive any pleasure from the death of the wicked? says the Lord GOD. Do I not rather rejoice when he turns from his evil way that he may live?" (Ezek 18:23). The principle follows as well from the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Mt 20:1-16).
That said, it is not as easy as just "being sorry." Catholic theology recognizes two kinds of contrition (sorrow for one's sins), perfect contrition and imperfect contrition. Imperfect contrition occurs when one is sorry for one's sins because of a fear of Hell, or guilt over having injured a victim, or a recognition of the horribleness of one's actions. Perfect contrition occurs when one's repentance comes from a love of God and a sorrow at having offended him. Perfect contrition also requires the subject to feel a firm purpose of avoiding all sin in the future and a desire for sacramental Reconciliation. (See especially Session XIV, Chapter IV of the Council of Trent.)
Only perfect contrition is sufficient to justify a person absent receiving sacramental absolution. Imperfect contrition will not do so. I have no idea how often it happens that a sinner undergoes a last-minute conversion that meets the requirements of perfect contrition. When he does, though, he is immediately restored to the state of grace.
What a good answer.
My old catechism warns that a bad life usually end in a bad death (unrepentant), whereas a good life usually ends in a good death.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying, please obtain for us each a good death. :signofcross: