This past Saturday I brough along a close family member to Church and she received the Blessed Sacrament. I casually asked her afterwards when the last time she had gone to confession was. She said it had been about 20 years. Only God can judge the true disposition of another’s soul, but I would say objectively speaking that she is likely not in a proper disposition to receive the Eucharist. I mentioned that one doesn’t have to receive Communion just because one attends Mass. When I said it was a grave act to receive the Blessed Sacrament in a state of mortal sin, to my dismay, she said that she was already going to hell anyways as though such a statement was of no significance.
The issue I run into with this person and many of those around me is that they just don’t believe in the reality of hell - and they are all Catholics. I believe that Catholicism is an all or nothing proposition and I take my Faith seriously and try my best to live according to the authentic teachings of the Church. Unfortuantely others do not seem to care. They tend to pick and choose what parts of the Faith they do and do not believe and subscribe to the “saved as long as I’m a ‘good person’” philosophy. I am concerned about the fate of their eternal souls. What, if anything should I do? How do you evangelize a Catholic to believe in Catholicism?