St. Nicholas is a great example of rewards and punishment as seen in Catholic Christianity. On the his feast day, all over Europe, children are given fruit, nuts and sweets if they have been good, and coal, or a swift swat with a cane if they have been bad.
There is a great Mexican proverb;
A boy began to steal eggs from his neighbors and his parents said nothing about it. Then he began to steal chiles, and again they said nothing to him. Then he began stealing chickens, and they ignored him. Finally he grew up and began to steal cattle. This is when the whole community rose up and took him to be hung.
When his parents heard about it they ran to the place, crying, our son, our son. He replied; “When I stole the eggs, you never corrected me. When I stole the chiles, you never corrected me. When I stole the chickens, you never corrected me. Now it is too late.
Before it is too late, after death, we better get this straight. Reward is heaven and punishment is hell.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.