I was raised Catholic, and grew up doing penance for my sins, lighting candles and praying for relatives that died, doing the Stations of the Cross, and praying on my rosary beads, whi*****luded saying the "Hail Mary" and repetitive prayer.
When I left the Catholic church during my senior year of high school, I could not shake the urge to do good stuff to make up for my bad stuff, sins. I really struggled for years, and did not really get complete freedom from the works mentality till I was discipled by my friend, Ruth. And it took her a long time to get it through my thick head. The beauty part of truly believing that Truth helped free me from a ton of habitual sins.
This is a great topic.
Seek always to do some good, somewhere. Every man has to seek in his own way to realize his true worth. You must give some time to your fellow man. For remember, you don't live in a world all your own. Your brothers are here too.