Updated: Nov 10
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The theme of Week 32 is the three last things, last week we did Purgatory. Hell: Scripture: Mt 25:41 Jesus described hell as an “everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Mk 9:48 Jesus described hell as a place where “the worm never dies, and the fire is never quenched.”
Fatima: July 13: Lucia wrote: “We were now able to behold a sea of fire. Plunged in the flames were devils and human souls that looked like transparent embers, others were black or brown and in human form; these were suspended in flames which seemed to come from the forms themselves – there to remain without equilibrium amid cries of pain and despair which horrified us so that we trembled with fear. (The devils could be distinguished from the damned human souls by the terrifying forms of weird and unknown animals in which they were cast.”)
Saints and Mystics: St Teresa of Avila: Six years after she was given a vision of hell, she said she “still felt a chill with fear at the very thought of it.”
St Faustina’s account of hell – she was taken to hell: “Today I was led by an angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture. The first torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one’s condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it – a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire; the fifth torture is continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan; the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. Oh, my Jesus I would rather be in agony until the end of the world amidst the greatest sufferings than offend You by the least sin.”
No one would want anyone to go to hell, no one would want their worst enemy to go to hell. If we, who love only finitely, don’t want anyone to go to hell how much more does God, Who loves infinitely, not want anyone to go to hell?
God continually pleads for each one of us not to go to hell. For example, He took on all the sins of the world – onto Himself so that each one of us would not go to hell.
The souls who go to hell know they deserve to go there. At Judgement when face to face with Infinite Love, one is completely aware of the state of the soul.
Catechism of the Catholic Church: Those in heaven “are like God for they see Him as He is ‘face to Face.’ The ultimate end and fulfilment of the deepest human longings. The state of supreme happiness.” “A communion of life and love, with the Trinity.” “To live in heaven is to live in Christ.”
St Faustina’s account of heaven: “Today I was in heaven, in spirit and I saw it's inconceivable beauties and the happiness that awaits us after death. I saw how all creatures give ceaseless praise and glory to God. I saw how great is happiness in God. The souls enter into depths of God, contemplating the inner life of God whom they will never comprehend or fathom. This source of happiness is unchanging in its essence, but it is always new. Now I understand St Paul who said: ‘Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him.’ “And God has given me to understand that there is but one thing that is of infinite value in His eyes and that is love of God, love, love and once again love, and nothing can compare with a single act of pure love of God. Oh, with what inconceivable favours God gifts a soul that loves Him sincerely! Oh, how happy is the soul who already here on earth enjoys His special favours! And of such are the little and humble souls.”
The saints and others who have seen or experienced heaven say that nothing in the world now satisfies them. They now want to go to heaven because it is almost too painful to remain on earth. St Catherine of Sienna was taken to heaven and back. She said the ‘slightest’ thought of heaven gave her “indescribable joy”.
In heaven we are one in the Heart of God. Receiving all His Infinite Love. As a result, we are perfectly fulfilled. So much so, that we could not imagine being more fulfilled. However, because God’s love is infinite or always more, the souls in heaven are always experiencing higher levels of fulfillment, and that happens for all eternity.
Fr Doug Harris 2020