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Staircase to Heaven

stairway-to-heaven-s00222If you want to get to heaven, don’t do what the popular songs say and ‘Raise a little hell.’

Here are 10 alternatives:

1st – Become Catholic – You have the best defenses against evil if you have the sacraments and sacramentals (blessed medals, rosaries, scapulars, salt, oil, water). There is no better way to encounter Christ Himself than in the sacrament of Holy Communion where we receive Him body and blood, soul and divinity or in confession where we admit our sins to and receive absolution from Him.

2nd – Observe the 10 commandments – all of them.

3rd – If you break a commandment, go to confession immediately. Get a good pamphlet on ‘Examination of Conscience’ for aid and examine your conscience every night. Go to confession (at least once per month) as often as possible, even just for a blessing if you don’t have any grave sins.

4th – Develop a Prayer Life. Pray a daily Morning Offering, the Rosary, mental prayer and novenas. Develop the practice of  offering the first 5 Saturdays of each month for reparations to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If enough of us pray this devotion, the Pope will consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and we will be delivered from our enemies.

The First 5 Saturdays of each month:

1.Go to Holy Mass & receive Holy Communion.

2. Go to confession close to or on that day.

3. Pray the Rosary.

4. Meditate for 15 minutes on the Blessed Mother to make reparations for each of these blasphemies against her: 1st (1st) Saturday – Her Immaculate Conception, 2nd (1st) Saturday – Her Perpetual Virginity, 3rd (1st) Saturday – Her Divine Spiritual Motherhood, 4th (1st) Saturday – Offenses against her images, 5th (1st) Saturday – People who incorrectly teach children against honoring the Blessed Mother.

(A great prayer pamphlet is the Pieta Prayer Booklet available through Tan books.)

5th – Go to daily Mass (when possible) and, if in the state of Grace (free from grave sin), receive Holy Communion.

6th – Spend time face to face with Jesus, Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity, in Adoration at your local chapel or, if there isn’t one nearby, in front of the Tabernacle.

7th – Read Holy Scripture and books that build, deepen or increase your faith. Don’t leave out the fabulous, G.K. Chesterton!

8th – Learn about the 4 Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – so you can know for yourself and share it with those you love. They may not listen, but tell them anyway. Carry the ‘Apostolic Pardon’ on your person at all times in case you are in an accident or otherwise near death. Have someone call for a priest so he can give you Extreme Unction or the Anointing of the Sick.

9th – Perform the corporal and spiritual works of mercy;

The corporal works of mercy are:

  • To feed the hungry;
  • To give drink to the thirsty;
  • To clothe the naked;
  • To harbour the harbourless;
  • To visit the sick;
  • To ransom the captive;
  • To bury the dead.

The spiritual works of mercy are:

No one is poorer than the person who dies in his sin unrepentant, as his soul could potentially spend eternity in hell.

10th – Request a Requiem Mass for your own burial some day. And beforehand, ask friends and family to prayer for your soul before and after your death. While living, make friends with the souls in purgatory by praying and offering up Masses for them, and they will reciprocate. And carry a copy of the Apostolic Pardon (see below) on your person at all times. In case of emergency have a priest or if not available, someone pray it over you before you die.

I hope we can all meet in Heaven one day!


Karen J.


  1. The apostolic blessing with plenary indulgence at the hour of death should be imparted, following the reception of the last sacraments, to those who desire it while still rational and conscious. It may likewise be granted to anyone who has given any indication of such desire, or who has seemed contrite before becoming unconscious or irrational. But it must be denied absolutely to the excommunicated, the impenitent, or those who die in patent mortal sin.
  2. The pastor or another priest who assists the sick person, vested in surplice and purple stole, on entering the room where the sick person lies, says:

P: God’s peace be in this home.

All: And in all who live here.

Next he sprinkles the sick person, the room, and the bystanders with holy water, saying:

Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Have mercy on me, God, in your great kindness. Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

All: As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

P: Purify me with hyssop, Lord, and I shall be clean of sin. Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

  1. If the sick person wishes to confess, the priest hears his confession and absolves him. If not, he bids him make an act of contrition, and if time permits, briefly instructs him on the power and efficacy of this blessing. He then exhorts him to invoke the holy name of Jesus, to bear his sufferings patiently in expiation for past sins, to resign himself fully to God’s holy will, even to the extent of accepting death resignedly in satisfaction for punishment due to sin.
  2. The priest consoles him, instilling confidence that by the divine bounty he will receive remission of temporal punishment and everlasting life.
  3. Then he says:

P: Our help is in the name of the Lord.

All: Who made heaven and earth.

P: Do not keep in mind, O Lord, the offenses of your servant nor take vengeance on his (her) sins. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Our Father (the rest inaudibly until:)

P: And lead us not into temptation.

All: But deliver us from evil.

P: Save your servant.

All: Who trusts in you, my God.

P: Lord, heed my prayer.

All: And let my cry be heard by you.

P: The Lord be with you.

All: May He also be with you.

Let us pray.

Merciful God, kind Father, our sole comfort, who will that no one who believes and trusts in you should perish, in your boundless love look favorably on your servant, N., whom the true faith and Christian hope commend to you. Come to him (her) with your saving power, and by the suffering and death of your only-begotten Son, be pleased to grant him (her) pardon and remission of all sins. Let his (her) soul at the hour of its departure find in you a merciful judge, and cleansed of every stain in the blood of your Son, let him (her) be found worthy of passing into everlasting life; through Christ our Lord. All: Amen.

  1. After the “Confiteor” has been said by one of the assistants, the priest says May almighty God, etc. May the almighty and merciful Lord, etc. Then he continues:

May our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave to His blessed apostle Peter the power of binding and loosing, mercifully accept your confession and restore your baptismal innocence. And I, by the power given to me by the Holy See, grant you a plenary indulgence and remission of all sins; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

P: By the sacred mysteries of mankind’s restoration may almighty God remit for you the punishment of the present life and of the life to come, and may He open to you the gates of Paradise and admit you to everlasting happiness.

All: Amen.

P: May almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, bless you.

All: Amen.

  1. But if the dying person is so near death that time does not allow the Confiteor or the foregoing prayers, the priest imparts the blessing at once, saying:

By the authority granted me by the Holy See, I impart to you a plenary indulgence and the remission of all sins; in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

P: By the sacred mysteries, etc.; may almighty God, etc., as above.

In dire urgency it suffices to say:

By the authority granted me by the Holy See, I impart to you a plenary indulgence and the remission of all your sins; and I bless you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. All: Amen.

  1. If this blessing is given to more than one the above prayers arc said only once for all in common.
  2. With the greatest fervor the priest should add the prayers given below in the rite for commending a departing soul: and he should exhort the bystanders to pray for the dying person.