Q: Are you automatically saved by the death of Jesus?
A: No, because His death merely makes it possible for you to be saved. You need to cooperate in faith with Christ.
"Wark out your salvation with fear and trembling" [Philippians 2:12].
Q: What is necessary to be saved?
A: You have to be brought into spiritual contact with that saving death of Jesus by faith and Baptism, by loving God and neighbor, by obeying His commandments, by receiving the other Sacraments especially Holy Communion, by praying and doing good works, by preserving God's friendship until death.
"Not everyone who says to me "Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of my Father in heaven shall enter the kindgom of heaven" [Matthew 7:21].
(Reprinted with the permission of
"A Catechism for adults"
by Rev. William J. Cogan