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

What would you think of a recipe book that conceals the main ingredients of its recipes? And, what is worse, explains the steps to prepare each dish in a confusing manner? Now, any earthly fare, as good as it may be, is insignificant in face of our eternal destiny, a supreme matter. 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’s always a good idea to remember the true Catholic doctrine about the conquest of eternal happiness.

Let us examine questions about our belonging to the people of God, our good or evil works are indifferent.

Francis

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Vatican Council II (Ecumenical XXI)

Though part of the body of the Church, he is not saved who does not persevere in charity
Salvation depends on fidelity to baptism and the fulfilment of the commandments

Benedict XVI

A hope that does not concern me personally is not a real hope; though an individualistic understanding of salvation is also incomplete

Catechism of the Catholic Church

Each one will be rewarded in accordance with his works and faith
To die in mortal sin means being forever separated from God– no one can be united with Him without freely choosing to love him

John Paul II

The faith of the Church, founded upon divine Revelation: each one of us will be judged according to his works

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