Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 26: Catechesis, Part 8: The Last Things

When the Church preaches or teaches eschatology, it needs to be about more than scare tactics. We need virtuous people motivated by goodness, rather than not-damnation.

Nor can the church omit, without serious mutilation of her essential message, a constant catechesis on what the traditional Christian language calls the four last things of man: death, judgment (universal and particular), hell and heaven. In a culture which tends to imprison (a person) in the earthly life at which (they are) more or less successful, the pastors of the church are asked to provide a catechesis which will reveal and illustrate with the certainties of faith what comes after the present life: beyond the mysterious gates of death, an eternity of joy in communion with God or the punishment of separation from him. Only in this eschatological vision can one realize the exact nature of sin and feel decisively moved to penance and reconciliation.

This document is Copyright © 1984 – Libreria Editrice Vatican. The link on the Vatican site is here.

 

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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