BURNING QUESTION: "Do Catholics believe our salvation is a sure thing?"
By Paul Dion, STL
Lk 18:9-10: "Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else. "
This is a very powerful lesson from Jesus Himself. He has jumped into the argument two millennia before many of us have either heard it or used it ourselves. We usually hear it when someone says, "Lord, you can take me now, I'm ready." Or as I have heard a few times before in my life, "My father died suddenly but he told me that he was saved, so I don't worry about
him." Lately we hear declarations like, "I'm glad that I am a Christian (Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, etc.) it sure is easier to get to heaven from here."
That is not the lesson that Jesus gives us in the Gospel story as told by St. Luke. The question is:
"Do we as Catholics believe that we can ever be sure that we are saved and therefore a lock to get to heaven"
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