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St. Gertrude RCIA Session Thirty-Two 2017-2018: The Four Last Things

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The Church teaches that life after death consists of four last things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states (CCC 1021-22): Death puts an end to human life as the time open to either accepting or rejecting the divine grace manifested in Christ. The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith.

Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation. At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.