Be Careful Not To Assume Judgement On The Dead 

Be Careful Not To Assume Judgement On The Dead 

Be Careful Not To Assume Judgement On The Dead.

Great sinners, who die without being outwardly reconciled with God, we may not exclude them from our suffrages, because we have not the certainty of their interior impenitence. Faith teaches us that all men dying in the state of Mortal Sin incur eternal damnation, but who are those that in reality die in that state? God alone, who reserves to Himself the judgment of the living and the dead, knows this. 

As to ourselves, we can but draw a conjectural conclusion from exterior circumstances, and from this we must refrain. It must, however, be confessed that there is everything to be feared for those who die unprepared for death, and all hope seems to vanish for those who refuse to receive the Sacraments. The latter quit this life with exterior signs of reprobation. Nevertheless, we must leave the judgment to God, according to the words, Dei judicium est “To God belongs judgment”.

There is more to be hoped for those who are not positively hostile to religion, who are benevolent towards the poor, who retain some practice of Christian piety, or who at least approve and favour piety; there is more, I say, to hope for such persons when it happens that they die suddenly, without having had the time to receive the last Sacraments of the Church.

St. Francis de Sales will not have us despair of the conversion of sinners until their last breath, and even after their death he forbids us to judge evil of those who have led a bad life. With the exception of those sinners whose reprobation is made manifest by Holy Scripture, we may not, he says, conclude that a person is damned, but must respect the secret of God. His principal reason was, that as the first grace is gratuitous, so also is the last, which is final perseverance or a good death. This is why we must hope for the departed, how sad however his death may have been, because our conjectures can be based on the exterior only, whereby the most clever may be deceived.


(Saint Luke Ch. 7:47 – Many sins are forgiven her, because she hath loved much).

Q: How is actual sin divided?

A: Actual sin is divided into mortal sin and venial sin.

Q: What is mortal sin?

A: Mortal sin is a serious offence against God.

Q: Why is it called mortal sin?

A: It is called mortal sin because it is so serious that it kills the soul and deserves Hell.

Q: How does mortal sin kill the soul?

A: Mortal sin kills the soul by depriving it of sanctifying grace, which is the supernatural life of the soul.

Q: Is it a great evil to fall into mortal sin?

A: It is the greatest of all evils to fall into mortal sin.

Q: Where will they go who die in mortal sin?

A: They who die in mortal sin will go to Hell for all eternity.

Q: What is perfect contrition?

A: Perfect contrition is sorrow for sin arising purely from the love of God.

Q: What special value has perfect contrition?

Perfect contrition has this special value; that by it our sins are forgiven immediately, even before we confess them; but nevertheless, if they are serious, we are strictly bound to go to Confession.

Perfect Contrition will also free us from eternal death and open to us eternal life if we are about to die unexpectedly or waited so long to Confess. Remember this beautiful gift of God, it must be known that we can only profit from it if we are sincerely sorrowful for all mortal sins.

Q: How May We Obtain a Hearty Sorrow For Our Sins?

A: We may obtain a hearty sorrow for our sins by earnestly praying for it, and by making use of such considerations as may lead us to it.

Q: What consideration concerning God will lead us to sorrow for our sins?

A: This consideration concerning God will lead us to sorrow for our sins; that by our sins we have offended God, who is infinitely good in himself and infinitely good to us.

Q: What consideration concerning our Saviour will lead us to sorrow for our sins?

A: This consideration concerning our Saviour will lead us to sorrow for our sins; that our Saviour died for our sins, and that those who sin grievously ‘have wilfully crucified the Son of God and openly mocked him.’ (Heb. 6:6).

“Do you wish to know an easy way of exciting yourselves to true sorrow for your sins? Make three little visits- the first above (Heaven), the second below (Hell), the third in the middle (Calvary).” – St Charles Borromeo.

A Prayer That Can Be Said For Those Making An Act of Perfect Contrition.


O MY GOD,  I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because I dread the loss of Heaven and the pains of Hell; but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to confess my sins, to do penance, and to amend my life. Amen.

Examples Of Those Who Have Experienced Perfect Contrition.

1. Remember the good thief — a robber condemned to death — and yet for those few words spoken from his heart, “Lord, remember me when You shall come into Your Kingdom,” he was immediately promised Heaven by Christ Himself: “Today, you shall be with Me in Paradise.”

2. Saint Peter, who denied his Master three times. Jesus looked at him; Peter said not a single word, but, “going out, wept bitterly.” He was forgiven; he was chosen by Christ to be His first successor on earth — the Prince of the Apostles — and today is one of the most glorious saints in Heaven.

3. Mary Magdalen, a public sinner. She did not even say one word, but simply wept at the Feet of Jesus. Jesus saw the sorrow in her heart, and, turning to her, said: “Woman! because you have loved much, your sins are forgiven you.”

4. It is related in the life of the Curé d’Ars that on one occasion, a lady, a perfect stranger to him, asked him to pray for her husband, a careless Catholic, who had just died suddenly and without receiving the Sacraments. “He was so careless, Father,” she said, weeping; “he did not go to his duties, and whatever will become of him?” “Madam,” replied the saintly priest, “do you not remember the bouquet of flowers he picked every Saturday to decorate Our Ladys altar? In return Our Blessed Lady obtained for him the grace to make an act of Perfect Contrition before dying, and he is saved.”

A Prayer For The Dying And A Special Soul.

O MOST MERCIFUL JESUS, lover of souls, 

I beseech Thee, by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, wash clean in the Thy Blood the sinners of the whole world who are to die this day. Remember most especially the soul I spiritually adopt with the intention of entrusting him or her to Thy Shepherd’s care:

I beseech Thee for the grace to move this sinner, who is in danger of going to Hell, to repent. I ask this because of my trust in Thy great mercy. If it should please Thy Majesty to send me a suffering this day in exchange for the grace I ask for this soul, then, it, too, shall please me very much, and I thank Thee, Most Sweet Jesus, Shepherd and Lover of Souls; I thank Thee for this opportunity to give mercy in thanksgiving for all the mercies Thou hast shown me. Amen.

Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying.

(1 Our Father, 1 Hail Mary, 1 Glory Be).

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