✟ God the Consummator ✟
For the Individual Human
Revealed Truth (Defined Dogma)

The souls of the just which in the moment of death are free
from all guilt of sin and punishment for sin enter into Heaven.

Lay Catechist Notes/Associated Doctrines
    A soul that is alive and possesses the indwelling of God through the Holy Trinity (this means possession of Sanctifying Grace) is found worthy of entering Heaven. If the person in possession of life in the soul had patiently endured the trials and sufferings that God had sent throughout their life, as well as utilized the many gifts Christ infused in to His Church for the sake of the salvation of the faithful (like Indulgences, as an example), and therefore expiated all of the debt of pain owed for the sins committed, that person immediately enters Heaven and receives the Beatific Vision.

    Associated Catholic Doctrine(s):
    1. "In addition to the essential bliss of Heaven which springs from the immediate Vision of God, there is also an accidental blessedness, which proceeds from the natural knowledge and love of created things." (sententia communis)
Divine Revelation (Scriptural Proof)
  • 6Who will render to every man according to his works. 7To them indeed, who according to patience in good work, seek glory and honour and incorruption, eternal life: 8But to them that are contentious, and who obey not the truth, but give credit to iniquity, wrath and indignation. (Romans 2:6-8)
  • 22But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, you have your fruit unto sanctification, and the end life everlasting. (Romans 6:22)
  • 17And if sons, heirs also; heirs indeed of God, and joint heirs with Christ: yet so, if we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified with him. 18For I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come, that shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:17-18)
Catechism of the Catholic Church
  • 1023 Those who die in God's grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live forever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they "see him as he is," face to face: By virtue of our apostolic authority, we define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints . . . and other faithful who died after receiving Christ's holy Baptism (provided they were not in need of purification when they died, . . . or, if they then did need or will need some purification, when they have been purified after death, . . .) already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment - and this since the Ascension of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into heaven - have been, are and will be in heaven, in the heavenly Kingdom and celestial paradise with Christ, joined to the company of the holy angels. Since the Passion and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, these souls have seen and do see the divine essence with an intuitive vision, and even face to face, without the mediation of any creature.
  • 1024 This perfect life with the Most Holy Trinity - this communion of life and love with the Trinity, with the Virgin Mary, the angels and all the blessed - is called "heaven." Heaven is the ultimate end and fulfillment of the deepest human longings, the state of supreme, definitive happiness.
  • 1026 By his death and Resurrection, Jesus Christ has "opened" heaven to us. The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ.
  • 1029 In the glory of heaven the blessed continue joyfully to fulfill God's will in relation to other men and to all creation. Already they reign with Christ; with him "they shall reign for ever and ever."
Ecumenical Council Documents
  • General Council of Florence (1431)
    • Definition of the holy ecumenical synod of Florence
      • "Also,  the souls of those who have incurred no stain of sin whatsoever after baptism, as well as souls who after incurring the stain of sin have been cleansed whether in their bodies or outside their bodies, as was stated above, are straightaway received into heaven and clearly behold the triune God as he is,  yet one person more perfectly than another according to the difference of their merits."
Church Magisterium Documents
  • Benedictus Deus (1336) - Blessed Be God - Benedict XII
    • "By this Constitution which is to remain in force for ever, we, with apostolic authority, define the following: According to the general disposition of God, the souls of all the saints who departed from this world before the passion of our Lord Jesus Christ and also of the holy apostles, martyrs, confessors, virgins and other faithful who died after receiving the holy baptism of Christ- provided they were not in need of any purification when they died, or will not be in need of any when they die in the future, or else, if they then needed or will need some purification, after they have been purified after death-and again the souls of children who have been reborn by the same baptism of Christ or will be when baptism is conferred on them, if they die before attaining the use of free will: all these souls, immediately (mox) after death and, in the case of those in need of purification, after the purification mentioned above, since the ascension of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ into heaven, already before they take up their bodies again and before the general judgment, have been, are and will be with Christ in heaven, in the heavenly kingdom and paradise, joined to the company of the holy angels.