Anita Moore said... Just the excerpts are extremely sobering by themselves, to say the least! In Preparation for Death, St. Alphonsus Ligouri argues (citing Scripture) that each individual has only a set number of mortal sins that God will forgive, and after that, He will just move in and take vengeance. He also cites private revelations in which certain children are said to have gone to hell after committing their first sin.I have been immersing myself in the book The Glories of Mary for the last three months (also by St Alphonsus de Liquori) and right after reading Anita's comment I read this passage from that book:
I don't know whether any of this is literally true or not; but it is certain that since we never know when we're going to die, it is the height of folly to take a chance of being caught dead in a state of mortal sin. And that, of course, is St. Alphonsus' whole point.
A wicked soldier every day performed some devotion in honour of our Blessed Lady. One day he was suffering greatly from hunger, when Mary appeared to him and offered him some most delicious meats, but in so filthy a vessel that he could not bring himself to taste them.If we only knew with what gravity even one mortal sin offends God, surely we would never sin again!
"I am the Mother of God," the Blessed Virgin then said, "and am come to satisfy thy hunger."
"But, O Blessed Lady," the soldier answered, "I cannot eat out of so filthy a vessel."
"And how," replied Mary, "can thou expect that I should accept thy devotions offered to me with so defiled a soul as thine?"
On hearing this, the soldier was converted, became a hermit, and lived in a desert for thirty years. At his death, the Blessed Virgin appeared to him and took him herself to heaven.