Moment of Death

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Moment of Death
Question from on 07-11-2007:
Dr. Geraghty,

I am a little confused about saving grace at the moment of death. If GOD offers all sinners a last chance at salvation at the moment of death, would that not mean that if we choose to accept that offer, even if we died in a state of mortal sin, we would still be saved?

Thank You
Answer by Richard Geraghty on 07-18-2007:
Dear Jay,

The Church does not tell us anything specific about what happens at the moment of death. What it does tell us that if we die in the state of grace, which means that we have no mortal sins on soul, we will get to heaven either immediately or via a trip through purgatory. If one dies in the state of mortal sin, then there is no hope for heaven.

Dr. Geraghty

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