The nuns taught us about the different kinds of sins – venial sins, a sort of lesser gateway sin that wouldn’t send us directly to hell, unlike mortal sins – like killing someone – which would send us directly to hell. You would burn in hell for eternity no matter how many Hail Mary’s you said. Of course, as second- and third-graders, we hadn’t committed any mortal sins but they were out there.
And there were those poor little babies who died before they were baptized. They ended up in limbo – heaven’s waiting room. They didn’t get into heaven because there original sin hadn’t been washed away by pouring some water over their little heads. So, your parents better get your little brother baptized or he could END UP IN LIMBO!!!
I got so scared of being bad and had convinced myself that I WAS bad that as soon as I was able,, I went to confession. In fact, I went to confession so much that they told me I didn’t have to go so much – which was a huge relief because as a little kid I had better things to do than keep a running tally of my venial sins.
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