From a reader:
Would it be accurate to say that if one were in the state of grace at death, one can be assured of reaching heaven after being purified in purgatory?
If you die in the state of grace, that is, in God’s friendship, you will either immediately or after a time in the state of purification be admitted to the bliss of the Beatific Vision in heaven.
Your happiness in heaven cannot be surpassed. You will be in God’s presence for eternity with all the angels and saints and God will be all in all. There will no sorrow or sense of loss or inadequacy. There will be no remorse or lack of peace. None of us can imagine what God has prepared for those who love Him.
It can be done. It isn’t so hard as all that. God gives all the graces we need and forgiveness when we ask. God gave us Holy Church and the sacraments to help us get there.
Be good to people. Say your prayers. Go to confession. Receive Communion well. Believe what Holy Church teaches. Trust in Christ’s promises. Try to be virtuous.
This life is short. But the next life is forever.
You can do this.
Everyone of us can do this.