Monday, November 20, 2017
WHAT ABOUT GOOD WORKS? EVEN MANY PRE-VATICAN II CATHOLICS THOUGHT GOOD PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T GO TO CHURCH HAD A PASSPORT INTO HEAVEN! IS POPE FRANCIS PRE-VATICAN II?
I got many mixed messages from Catholics when I was growing up. "He doesn't practice the Catholic faith, but he is as good as gold!" "I can't believe God would condemn her to hell, she would give the shirt off her back to anyone in need."
These sorts of sentiments were prevalent in many Christians back in the day including Catholics.
Can we say that God's grace is at work in a good person who has faith, but not a Catholic faith, but a do-it-yourself faith?
Many non-practicing Italian Catholics, back in the day, would have all kinds of devotional images in their homes and would call upon the Madonna day and night but never set foot in church except for baptisms, weddings, and funerals. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
Maybe there are many narrow roads to heaven and passports to enter at the gate of heaven where St. Peter, a good Italian, lets people pass or crawl under in the dark of night.
Wouldn't you want your mom who was a good as gold and gave the shirt off her back for the needy person to go to heaven rather than hell for eternity simply because she didn't go to church?