Jesus Christ reveals the way to true freedom and happiness. Following the teachings of Jesus prepares each person for eternal life with God in heaven. Pope John Paul II said, “Jesus reveals to us what it means to be fully human.”
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God gives us grace, His very own life. We respond to God’s grace and love by faith, accepting what God has revealed and saying “Yes,” entrusting ourselves to Him. Life with God is lived in union with the Trinity–—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Jesus came to show each person how to live and how to enter into a personal relationship with Him.
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Jesus came to earth to save each person from their sin. The very name of Jesus means “God Saves.” This is why Jesus is called our Savior. It is only through Jesus that each person receives salvation.
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The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, helps each person to live as Jesus wants them to live. Each person responds to God's love for them by loving Him above all and by loving others for His sake.
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Angels are spiritual creatures who help us. God gives each person an angel who protects and intercedes for them.
The angels are also messengers. Angels bring us messages from God. At the Annunciation the angel Gabriel came to Mary and announced she would be the Mother of God.
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Mary was born without original sin and was the mother of Christ, her body and soul was assumed into heaven. This is called the Assumption.
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Each person must face the end of their earthly life. This is called death. Death is a result of the sin of Adam and Eve. Through Christ and the Church, death is transformed into a blessing.
In death, God calls men and women to Himself. It is good to be unafraid to face death. In the words of St. Paul the Apostle, “I long to depart this life and be with Christ, for that is far better.”
At the time of death we encounter Christ and experience the particular judgment. Depending upon how we have lived our lives, we will experience our final destiny which may be immediate or eventual eternal union with God or immediate eternal separation from God.
Those who die united to God through the grace of a faithful life will experience heaven. Heaven is a perfect life in communion and love with the Trinity, the Blessed Mother, all the angels, and saints.
Those who die in God’s grace but still must undergo purification will experience purgatory. This is where one must be purified of sin and its effects so as to enter into the Eternal Kingdom of God forever.
Those who have chosen in life to reject God are without love. They choose to exclude themselves from communion with God for all eternity. This eternal life without God is called hell. Hell is the state of separation from God because each person is born with a desire for God. For this reason, pain of hell is sometimes likened to fire, however, the “fire” of hell is not physical, material fire.
At the end of time there will be the last judgment. All people, whether good or bad, will be gathered before Christ. In the presence of Christ the truth of each person’s life with God will be laid bare. Only God knows the day or the hour.
The Communion of Saints is a special union of the members of the Church on earth, in purgatory, and in heaven. Because of this each person on earth can ask for the saints’ intercession. This union allows each person to pray for those on earth and those in purgatory.