At the risk of speaking for everyone, I’m going to make a blanket statement: None of us want to go to Hell.
Even if we’re not as strong in our faith as we would like or we have fallen out of practice, we still want to be happy. And, Hell is not happy.
When we accept the truth that we don’t want Hell, we must ask ourselves – what are we doing to avoid it?
There’s a lot that could be said about this, but for today, let’s consider these two: avoiding Sin and praying for grace.
What can we do to avoid Hell? Avoid sin. And, not just avoid sin, but detest it. Recall the Act of Contrition we say in Confession: “I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of heaven, and the pains of hell.” So, step one: go to Confession. Seek forgiveness. Detach from Sin.
Secondly, we must pray daily. “Ask and it will be given to you.” Mt 7:7. What are we asking for? This doesn’t need to be a complicated laundry list of requests. But for our discussion, we can turn to a very simple prayer:
“O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.”
This goes hand in hand with step one. If we want to avoid Hell, pray for the grace and help to do it. A life of unrepentant sin is a path to Hell. So, repent. Pray for the grace of purification and forgiveness.