Growing in virtue helps us grow out of sin. The more we practice habitually doing good, the less we habitually sin.
The three theological virtues “relate directly to God. They dispose Christians to live in a relationship with the Holy Trinity… The theological virtues are the foundation of Christian moral activity; they animate it and give it its special character. They inform and give life to all the moral virtues. They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life” (CCC 1812-1813). They are faith, hope, and charity.
The Ten Commandments
Take time to reflect on the Ten Commandments and how they relate to everyday sins in your life. You can and should use these commandments as a guide to examine your conscience and make a good Confession!
The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven. The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification…” (CCC 1030-1031).
Scripture teaches us that nothing unclean will enter God’s presence in heaven (Rev 21:27). Purgatory provides us with the opportunity to be cleansed of our impurities, so we may be made holy to see the Lord (Heb 12:14).
Regular confession is one of the means to help us on our journey toward sanctity, to help us avoid time in Purgatory. Take time to learn more about Purgatory with the great resources we have provided for you.