The second means of avoiding Purgatory is to satisfy for our sins in this life by doing penance. "Do penance or you shall all likewise perish." Do penance, or you will spend long years in Purgatory, is a fact that there is no getting  away from. This is a terrifying thought.

Many people have such a horror of penance that they never even dream of practicing it. Their idea is that penance is something awful! They think perhaps of the severe penances of the great Saints and of course are afraid to attempt anything of the same kind.

God does not ask us, as a rule, to do what is heroic. When He does, He gives us all the strength necessary, as in the case of the Saints. He asks each one to do a little. If we are afraid of doing much, and it is only natural that some should be, let us do at least a little. No one but a coward is afraid to do a little, especially if he gets so much in exchange.

The easy road to Heaven of Saint Therese, the Little Flower, is to do many little things. As a result of little mortifications, we can deliver ourselves from the awful fires of Purgatory and store up rich merits for Heaven.

Penance is not only easy, it is useful and necessary, not to do penance is the greatest penance of all. As a matter of fact, every man of the world naturally, spontaneously mortifies   himself.
The first principle, for instance, of politeness and good breeding is to sacrifice our whims and tastes for the sake of others. The selfish man is a boor; the generous man is the idol of all.

Again, the only way of securing good health is to by pass the most appetizing foods when they do us harm and to make use of plain foods when they do us good. Overeating is the cause of the vast majority of sickness and premature deaths.

The secret of success is strenuous, methodical, regular work. Generosity, self-denial, method, regularity are other forms of very genuine but practical mortifications. Yet no man can get on without them. To insist on our own likes and dislikes, to do only as we please, is to lead a life filled with difficulties, in which every duty is a burden, every good act an effort and hard work.

Boy and girls scouts are bound to do a kind act every day, even though it costs them great effort. Christians should surely do more. Daily acts of self-restraint, of patience with others, of kindness to others, the exact fulfillment of  daily duty are splendid penances and a great aid to happiness.