Now, suppose that you are a Catholic who attends Mass on Sunday yet never hears about the reality of death and Judgment. Everyone around you seems to already canonize their dead realtives by saying things like,
"Uncle Jimmy was such a good man. He's smiling in heaven right now and playing golf with Uncle Thomas."Hearing things like this make you happy. You say to yourself,
"I am a good man. I go to Church on Sundays. I don't really go to Confession that often but then again I don't commit those really big sins and the sins (wait, maybe they're not even sins!) I do commit are really minor. Heaven is going to be great and after my great life here is finished, I am going to be there."My friends, I bring up these two situations because I find a theme in both of them. In both cases, we see two people who are overly confident in the reaction of their peers when it comes to a huge future event. Sadly for them, their friends/fellow Catholics are wrongly mistaken and instead of following the time tested advice of working hard, the two folks have taken the wide path.
When our short journey here on earth is over, we will be judged. Either we will go to Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. If we die and we have a mortal sin on our soul, we will go to hell. If we die in a state of grace, we will most likely have to enter Purgatory before entering Heaven. If Catholics around us are not taking the reality of a strict Judgment seriously, we should never let them influence our view(s). The Church has always recommend for Her children to take this topic of death with the utmost seriousness. Prayer, penance, and hard work.
Labor in the Lord's Vineyard while you still have time.