Derek Rotty

Derek Rotty

Derek Rotty is a husband, father, teacher and freelance writer who lives in Jackson, Tennessee. He has written extensively on Catholic history, culture, faith formation and family. Find out more about him and his work at

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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)