27 – God has saved a people. No one is saved alone, as an isolated individual

What would you think of a cookbook that conceals the main ingredients of its recipes and, to make matters worse, the preparation steps of each dish are explained in a confusing manner? Now, any earthly fare, as good as it may be, is insignificant in face of our eternal destiny, a sensitive subject. While interpreting certain words by Francis in his interview with Antonio Spadaro, there are those who have wanted to reduce this essential problematic to the simple maxim: ‘You will be judged by the company you keep.’ In effect, if eternal salvation doesn’t depend on the individual, but rather exclusively on our belonging to the People of God, our good or evil works would be indifferent… But if this is true, why bother trying to practice virtue and to remain in the state of grace? Let’s just live as we wish, and continue to call ourselves Catholics! Does our eternal destiny depend more on human communities and popular dynamics than on ourselves? To avoid confusion, it is always a good idea to remember the true Catholic doctrine about the conquest of eternal happiness.

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I — The Catholic Church is necessary for eternal salvation
II — Within the Church and with the aid of grace, each one of the faithful is personally saved by practicing the Commandments

I — The Catholic Church is necessary for eternal salvation

Pius IX

Those who live separated from the true faith cannot attain eternal life

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Church is the universal sacrament of salvation

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

The Catholic Church is the one true religion, the way in which mankind may be saved in Christ
The full benefit of the means of salvation are found only through Christ's Catholic Church
Though part of the body of the Church, he is not saved who does not persevere in charity

II — Within the Church and with the aid of grace, each one of the faithful is personally saved by practicing the Commandments

Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Salvation depends on fidelity to baptism and the fulfilment of the commandments
Each man must render an account of his own life before the judgement seat of God

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Man needs Divine help, that he may be moved to act well
To love God man needs the help of God's grace

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Each one will be rewarded in accordance with his works and faith
Eternal salvation is incompatible with mortal sin

John Paul II

Each person will be judged according to his works

Benedict XVI

Hope in eternal life cannot be considered narrowly individualistic, although a hope that does not concern me personally is not a real hope

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