Staircase to Heaven
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 yourself a good pamphlet on ‘Examination of Conscience’ for aid. 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, Rosary and mental prayer and novenas. 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:
- To instruct the ignorant;
- To counsel the doubtful;
- To admonish sinners;
- To bear wrongs patiently;
- To forgive offences willingly;
- To comfort the afflicted;
- To pray for the living and the dead.
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.
I hope we can all meet in Heaven one day!