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"Jon":3qbnfe2z wrote:
I just came home from Mass and I was thinking something along these lines.

If we can never be perfect, is it merely enough to acknowledge that we sin and do our best not to sin or do we need to be completely free of sin before we die?[/quote:3qbnfe2z]
To go straight to Heaven one has to be free from sin and from the temporal punishment due to all past and present sin.