The Annotated Catechism for Autistic Thinking
Question 38 of the Baltimore Catechism explains that Satan and the fallen angels are real, as do many other sources within the Catholic and other Christian traditions. Rebel spirits go by several different names. Fallen angels, demons and false gods are some of the most common. In the interest of keeping things simple, it is accurate to say that these rebel spirits are an unseen force actively working against God. Demons cannot steal or destroy souls, but they can contribute confusion, division, frustration and temptation to our everyday lives in their ongoing aggression toward God.
Can a soul be “lost” as in no longer being able to have something? Or “lost” as in a battle?
God does not destroy what He creates and endows with value. God does not reject us. He does not even reject us when we waver or question. He does not even penalize us for acting in ignorance (for reference, see Luke 23:34). The only way our soul can be forfeited is if we, as its custodians, review the options and decisively reject God – whether as a solitary act or in a spirit of solidarity with the fallen angels. Yes… some people do choose to distrust, divide, rebel and oppose, usually for the chance to exercise maximum control. In seizing that choice, our soul is lost from our care – and forfeits eternity with God.
In sum: A soul cannot be lost if it chooses at any point to seek God, even if this is at the very last moment of earthly life.
A soul who is lost at the end of its earthly life cannot be recovered.
Where is our hope, then?
Learning to trust.
May the power of Divine Love shine in and through my weakness, so that He might be glorified in and through me, and that in my weakness, His power may reach perfection. Through Christ Our Lord, AMEN.
Fr. Mark P. Nolette - Spiritual Director for the Mission of Saint Thorlak