Derek Rotty

Derek Rotty

Derek Rotty is a husband, father and Director of Evangelization and Discipleship at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Jackson, Tennessee. His first book, A Life of Conversion: Meeting Christ in the Gospels, is available from Our Sunday Visitor Press. Visit his website at DerekRotty.com.

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Horace Vernet, “The Angel of Death,” 1851

Don’t Wait to Cram for Your ‘Final Exam’

“Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation.” (CCC 1022)