The Ordinary Path to Heaven for Catholics

Briefly stated:

1. receive the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation
2. go to Confession at least once a month
3. go to Mass and receive Holy Communion at least on Sunday and holy days
4. love God above all else
5. love your neighbor as yourself
6. pray a great deal
7. practice self-denial in all things
8. avoid any worldly things that lead to sin
9. live a simple humble life
10. perform works of spiritual and corporeal mercy in many different ways

Ronald L. Conte Jr.
Roman Catholic theologian and
translator of the Catholic Public Domain Version of the Bible.

Forgiveness and Salvation for Everyone
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6 Responses to The Ordinary Path to Heaven for Catholics

  1. Michelle Marie says:

    Thank you for the reminder.

  2. Francisco says:

    Thanks Ron for this decalogue.

    I would add: and the Anointing of the Sick when very ill or in danger of death to # 1. This Sacrament is highly recommendable when there is chance (and a great responsibility for relative and closed ones of the sick person to call a priest [James 5: 14-15]).

    Receiving the Sacraments formally is a great advantage for faithful Catholics over non-Catholics in order to obtain Salvation, this makes it easier, this without mentioning the great help granted by our Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints’ intercession. The graces and opportunities available are paramount.

  3. J. Bigelow says:


    Can you explain what you mean by self-denial in everything ? Thank you.

  4. J. Bigelow says:


    Why is self-denial a path towards heaven? What’s its value if you will? Thank you.

    • Ron Conte says:

      {16:24} Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone is willing to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

      Self-denial makes it easier to love God and neighbor because true love requires detachment from self, true love is selfless. Self-denial also makes it easier to avoid sin. All sin is selfishness. Without self-denial, a Christian will have great difficulty living according to the Gospel.

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