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Why We Are Obligated To Teach And Warn Our Children Of Hell

Why We Are Obligated To Teach And Warn Our Children Of Hell

How We Are Obligated To Teach And Warn Our Children Of Hell.

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‘The Blessed Virgin, one’s guardian angel, all the saints, love a man, however wicked, as long as he lives on earth. 

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But once he is condemned by God, then God’s friends agree in God’s judgment and condemnation. For all eternity they will not have a kind thought for this wretched soul. Rather they will be satisfied to see him in the flames as a victim of God’s justice. (“The just shall rejoice when he shall see the revenge” – Ps. 57:11.) 

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‘They will abhor him. A mother will look from paradise upon her own condemned son in hell without being moved, as though she had never known him’. (“Better for him had he never been born” – Mk. 14:21).’ 

– (St. Anthony Mary Claret).

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At Portugal 100 years ago, Our Lady of Fatima chose to appear to three poor children to give Her messages to them to avoid the wrath of Heaven for man’s numerous sins. Our Lady showed them the fire of Hell. She exposes the children to a vision of the suffering in Hell, in order to move them to try and stop more souls from falling into Hell. She wants them to suffer greatly here below, in order to stop souls having to suffer even more greatly in Hell below! Do we have the courage to tell that to our ten, eight and seven year olds? Or have we desensitized ourselves to the bitterness and pain of Hell, by our sugary and painless version of the Faith today? 
Today, to speak of Hell is almost a tabboo—not just in Liberal circles, but also in Conservative circles. We could almost rephrase the saying: “Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil” into “Speak not of Hell, Listen not about Hell, Think not of Hell” and perhaps with some luck, Hell will just go away and leave us alone! “Let sleeping dogs lie” and so “Let the devil lie”! Well, actually, the devil will lie, but not in the way we think! He won’t lie down, but he will tell lie upon lie to drag our souls into Hell. Some of those lies are: 

There is no Hell! There is no devil! There is no sin! Just believe in Jesus and you are saved! All souls go to Heaven, no matter what! 

Our Lady burst that bubble of lies at Fatima. Yes, there is a Hell. Yes, there is a Purgatory. Yes, most souls go to Hell. Yes, the good, sweet, loving God does punish little girls in Purgatory and keeps them there until the end of the world. Yes, God does demand a lot of suffering from us in this world, even from little children, if we and they want to avoid Hell for ourselves and those around us. This R-rated apparition was not shown to adults, but to little children, aged ten, eight and seven. What is our version of the Faith like? Is it full of realism, like Our Lady’s version? Or is it sugary, honeyed, candied, fun-loving cartoon version of the Faith! “Be not deceived, God is not mocked!” (Galatians 6:7). “Unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish!” (Luke 13:3). Those who end up in Hell, find that there is no sugar, honey, candy or popcorn down there! Isn’t that the message Our Lady tried to communicate, before we twisted, watered-down and sugared her version of the story?

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Let us not be afraid of Hell. Let us not be afraid to suffer much to avoid Hell. Let us not be afraid to tell our children, family, relatives and friends about Hell. For Our Lady was not afraid to come from Heaven to tell us these things!

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How A Young Child Was Condemned To Hell As Told By Pope St Gregory The Great. 

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Let us not doubt that baptized babies who die in their infant years will enter into the heavenly Kingdom. We should not, however, believe that all those infants who have begun to speak will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. For the entrance to the Kingdom of Heaven will be closed to many babies because of their parents’ bad rearing. In this city, there lives a certain man who is known to all; three years ago, this man had a son who, if I recall, would then have been about five years old, for whom he had such human love that he did not even try to discipline him. 

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For this reason, the boy, when someone prevented him from getting his way, used to blaspheme the magnificence of God – and let me emphasize that this is something dangerous. 

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When, three years ago, a deadly plague fell upon the region where he lived, this young boy succumbed to it and was near death. As eyewitnesses recounted, while the father took the child into his arms, the boy himself saw evil spirits coming for him. The boy began to tremble, to blink his eyes in fear, and to cry out in despair to his father: “Father, save me, protect me.” Simultaneously, as he cried, he turned his face towards his father’s chest, as though wanting to be hidden. 

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When the father saw his son trembling, in agony he asked him what he had seen. The son answered: “Black creatures came to me and wanted to take me away with them.” No sooner had he finished this phrase, than he immediately blasphemed the name of the Divine Magnificence and, with this blasphemy, expired. 

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Thus, God, the All-Powerful, in order to show by what sin the boy was given over to these evil servants, allowed him to die with this sin which his father, while the boy was alive, did nothing to prevent. And this boy whom God allowed, by His mercy, to live as a blasphemer, by His righteous judgment was also permitted to blaspheme at his death, so that his careless father might know well his sin. For this father, being indifferent to the soul of his young son, reared for the Gehenna of fire not an insignificant sinner, but a great sinner.’ 

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– Pope St. Gregory the Great

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The Blessed Virgin Reveals to a Great Sinner How a Child Had Been Condemned to hell for Mortal Sin.

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This story comes from by Rupensis (Ros. Sacr. p. 5, c. 60.), and by  Boniface (Stor. Virg. 1. 1, c. 11.), that in Florence there lived a young girl, named Benedetta (the blessed), although she might better have been called Maladetta (the cursed), from the evil life she was living. One day she received the Grace of hearing St. Dominic preach and recieved confession and absolution from the saint and was directed by him to pray the Rosary daily. The girl soon gave way to sin once again and back to her wicked life. God, in order to confirm her in her good life, one day showed hell to her, and some persons there who had been already condemned on her account. Then opening a book, he made her read in it the frightful record of her sins. The penitent shuddered at the sight, and, full of confidence, had recourse to Mary, asked her help, and learned that this divine mother had already obtained from God for her time enough to mourn for her numerous sins. After the Vision, The Blessed Virgin revealed many mercies our Lord and Lady have done for her but She also revealed to her that a child of only eight years of age, with one mortal sin only, had been that day condemned to hell!

Do The Saints In Heaven Suffer Emotionally If Their Loved Ones Are In Hell? 

Do The Saints In Heaven Suffer Emotionally If Their Loved Ones Are In Hell? 

A theologian responds: Our relationship with God prevails over bonds of affection.

In Christian theology, the beatific vision (Latin: visio beatifica) is the ultimate direct self communication of God to the individual person. A person possessing the beatific vision reaches, as a member of redeemed humanity in the communion of saints, perfect salvation in its entirety, i.e. heaven.

Now, While enjoying the beatific vision, will the blessed in Heaven suffer, if they have loved ones in Hell?

For an answer to this question, we turn to Giacomo Canobbio, a professor of systematic theology at the Theology School of Northern Italy. “The question,” Canobbio told Aleteia, “presupposes that relationships after death are like those in our present life. It’s inevitable that we think that way: it’s the only way we know, because we have no experience at all of life after death, and the accounts of those who claim to have arrived at the threshold of Heaven and to have returned then to this world are totally unfounded. Affective relationships are pillars of human existence and bring with them joy or suffering, according to how the people we love rejoice or suffer.”


Full or empty?

The question, Canobbio continues, “also presupposes that there are people in Hell. In past years, some people have disseminated the idea that Hell is empty because God, who loves His children, could not bear to see them suffer forever. We need to clarify that no one can say if Hell is empty or full. It’s worth remembering that the Church can proclaim someone to be a saint, but cannot declare whether anyone is damned. Therefore, we cannot state with certainty that Hell is purely imaginary. What is in play is the seriousness of our relationship with God, which entails responsibility, the twin sister of freedom.”

Like when a sick person isn’t at a wedding.

Therefore, that being said, supposing that someone I love were in Hell and I were in Heaven, how could I be happy, knowing that the person is in a situation of terrible suffering? “The question brings another along with it: How can God be in the fullness of beatitude if some of His children, for whom Jesus Christ gave His life, do not come to participate in the beatitude for which He destined them? To use an example: Could we imagine a wedding banquet made joyless because someone connected to the spouses by ties of affection is sick in the hospital? This is just an example that helps us to understand that, as important as affective relationships are, they are not the source of beatitude; rather, our relationship with God is.”


The damned

Moreover, the theologian continues, “any description of Hell must specify that those who are damned are cut off from any and every affective relationship: their decision to build their life without accepting a loving relationship with God deprives them of every other relationship, and therefore also of that with their loved ones who are in heaven.”


In fact, if such relationships were to remain, “they would not be deprived of all consolation, and therefore, they would not be in Hell.”

Relationship with God

“What I have said,” Canobbio warns, “are merely a few hesitant words regarding hypothetical situations. What it would seem could be said with fair plausibility is that the source of beatitude in Heaven does not depend on the relationships we had during our earthly life; rather, it arises from our relationship with God.”


Just one, all-satisfying emotion.

Consequently, are the souls that are in Heaven able to perceive and to experience emotions in response to what happens to them? Here, the theologian is clear: “In the description of beatitude, we must include all aspects of human existence. Regarding emotions, we most certainly cannot deny their existence. Still, a clarification is needed: there is only one emotion in Heaven, namely that of fullness and satisfaction, because [people in Heaven] have reached the goal for which human persons are destined.”

“We will see and we will love”

Lastly, in the scholastic tradition, Canobbio concludes, “the accent was placed on ‘vision’ and therefore the satisfaction of the intellect. However, there was also a line of thought—of Augustinian origin—that placed the accent on the affective aspect, joining it to the intellectual dimension: we will see, and we will love. And, there is no satisfaction that does not include emotion, even if that emotion isn’t conceived of as an alternation of moods.”


Source:

Aleteia


A Study Of The Doctrine Of Hell: Proportionate Gifts For Those In Heaven And Proportionate Sufferings For Those In Hell 

A Study Of The Doctrine Of Hell: Proportionate Gifts For Those In Heaven And Proportionate Sufferings For Those In Hell 


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Proportionate Gifts For Those in Heaven AND Proportionate Sufferings For Those in Hell


The Catholic Catechism states:

Again at the Last Judgment all men get their bodies back and each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare and it is revealed to all even to its furthest consequences, the good each person has done or failed to do (CCC 1039). 

At this time the saved will enjoy the Blessed or Beatific Vision proportionate to how they lived their lives. In other words people who had a higher degree of holiness attained in their life (through the grace of God), will enjoy Heaven for all eternity more than if they would have attained a lower degree of holiness in their lifetime. 

St. Therese of Lesieux used the famous analogy that all in Heaven have their own drinking cup completely full. She stated some have a full large drinking mug while others have a full thimble to illustrate this point of proportionate heavenly blessings. 

Likewise, the people who are condemned to hell and rejected God in a more complete fashion, will undergo greater punishments and torments in hell for all eternity than someone who rejected God, but to a lesser extent. The punishment of the damned is proportioned to each one’s guilt. There is not equality of pain for those in hell but rather a disparity based on their guilt in this life, or as the Council of Lyons and Florence asserted: 

The souls of the damned are punished with unequal punishments (‘poenis tamen disparibus puniendas‘). 

St. Augustine in the 400’s A.D. affirmed that justice demands that punishment be proportional to the guilt of a person: ‘In their wretchedness the lot of some of the damned will be more tolerable than that of others.’ We will look at this in more detail later, including things that our Lord Jesus said about this in the Gospels and St. Paul’s reaffirmations of these warnings in Romans 2:5-9, 2 Corinthians 5:10, and elsewhere.

…to be continued

30 Questions And Answers On The Last Judgement, The Resurrection, Heaven, Hell And Purgatory 

30 Questions And Answers On The Last Judgement, The Resurrection, Heaven, Hell And Purgatory 


Q. 1371. When will Christ judge us?

A. Christ will judge us immediately after our death, and on the last day.

     

Q. 1372. What is the judgment called which we have to undergo immediately after death?

A. The judgment we have to undergo immediately after death is called the Particular Judgment.

     

Q. 1373. Where will the particular judgment be held?

A. The particular judgment will be held in the place where each person dies, and the soul will go immediately to its reward or punishment.

     

Q. 1374. What is the judgment called which all men have to undergo on the last day?


A. The judgment which all men have to undergo on the last day is called the General Judgment.

     

Q. 1375. Will the sentence given at the particular judgment be changed at the general judgment?

A. The sentence given at the particular judgment will not be changed at the general judgment, but it will be repeated and made public to all.

     

Q. 1376. Why does Christ judge men immediately after death?

A. Christ judges men immediately after death to reward or punish them according to their deeds.

     

Q. 1377. How may we daily prepare for our judgment?

A. We may daily prepare for our judgment by a good examination of conscience, in which we will discover our sins and learn to fear the punishment they deserve.

     

Q. 1378. What are the rewards or punishments appointed for men’s souls after the Particular Judgment?

A. The rewards or punishments appointed for men’s souls after the Particular Judgment are Heaven, Purgatory, and Hell.

     

Q. 1379. What is Hell?

A. Hell is a state to which the wicked are condemned, and in which they are deprived of the sight of God for all eternity, and are in dreadful torments.

     

Q. 1380. Will the damned suffer in both mind and body?

A. The damned will suffer in both mind and body, because both mind and body had a share in their sins. The mind suffers the “pain of loss” in which it is tortured by the thought of having lost God forever, and the body suffers the “pain of sense” by which it is tortured in all its members and senses.

     

Q. 1381. What is Purgatory?

A. Purgatory is the state in which those suffer for a time who die guilty of venial sins, or without having satisfied for the punishment due to their sins.

     

Q. 1382. Why is this state called Purgatory?

A. This state is called Purgatory because in it the souls are purged or purified from all their stains; and it is not, therefore, a permanent or lasting state for the soul.

     

Q. 1383. Are the souls in Purgatory sure of their salvation?

A. The souls in Purgatory are sure of their salvation, and they will enter heaven as soon as they are completely purified and made worthy to enjoy that presence of God which is called the Beatific Vision.

     

Q. 1384. Do we know what souls are in Purgatory, and how long they have to remain there?

A. We do not know what souls are in Purgatory nor how long they have to remain there; hence we continue to pray for all persons who have died apparently in the true faith and free from mortal sin. They are called the faithful departed.

     

Q. 1385. Can the faithful on earth help the souls in Purgatory?

A. The faithful on earth can help the souls in Purgatory by their prayers, fasts, alms, deeds; by indulgences, and by having Masses said for them.

     

Q. 1386. Since God loves the souls in Purgatory, why does He punish them?

A. Though God loves the souls in Purgatory, He punishes them because His holiness requires that nothing defiled may enter heaven and His justice requires that everyone be punished or rewarded according to what he deserves.

     

Q. 1387. If every one is judged immediately after death, what need is there of a general judgment?

A. There is need of a general judgment, though every one is judged immediately after death, that the providence of God, which, on earth, often permits the good to suffer and the wicked to prosper, may in the end appear just before all men.

     

Q. 1388. What is meant by “the Providence of God”?

A. By “the Providence of God” is meant the manner in which He preserves, provides for, rules and governs the world and directs all things by His infinite Will.

     

Q. 1389. Are there other reasons for the general judgment?

A. There are other reasons for the general judgment, and especially that Christ Our Lord may receive from the whole world the honor denied Him at His first coming, and that all may be forced to acknowledge Him their God and Redeemer.

     

Q. 1390. Will our bodies share in the reward or punishment of our souls?

A. Our bodies will share in the reward or punishment of our souls, because through the resurrection they will again be united to them.

     

Q. 1391. When will the general resurrection or rising of all the dead take place?

A. The general resurrection or rising of all the dead will take place at the general judgment, when the same bodies in which we lived on earth will come forth from the grave and be united to our souls and remain united with them forever either in heaven or in hell.

     

Q. 1392. In what state will the bodies of the just rise?

A. The bodies of the just will rise glorious and immortal.

     

Q. 1393. Will the bodies of the damned also rise?

A. The bodies of the damned will also rise, but they will be condemned to eternal punishment.

     

Q. 1394. Why do we show respect for the bodies of the dead?

A. We show respect for the bodies of the dead because they were the dwelling-place of the soul, the medium through which it received the Sacraments, and because they were created to occupy a place in heaven.

     

Q. 1395. What is Heaven?

A. Heaven is the state of everlasting life in which we see God face to face, are made like unto Him in glory, and enjoy eternal happiness.

     

Q. 1396. In what does the happiness in heaven consist?

A. The happiness in heaven consists in seeing the beauty of God, in knowing Him as He is, and in having every desire fully satisfied.

     

Q. 1397. What does St. Paul say of heaven?

A. St. Paul says of heaven, “That eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man what things God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (I. Cor. ii., 9).

     

Q. 1398. Are the rewards in heaven and the punishments in hell the same for all who enter into either of these states?

A. The rewards of heaven and the punishments in hell are not the same for all who enter into either of these states, because each one’s reward or punishment is in proportion to the amount of good or evil he has done in this world. But as heaven and hell are everlasting, each one will enjoy his reward or suffer his punishment forever.

     

Q. 1399. What words should we bear always in mind?

A. We should bear always in mind these words of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: “What doth it profit a man if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul, or what exchange shall a man give for his soul? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with His angels; and then will He render to every man according to his works.”

     

Q. 1400. Name some of the more essential religious truths we must know and believe.

A. Some of the more essential religious truths we must know and believe are:

1. That there is but one God, and He will reward the good and punish the wicked.

2. That in God there are three Divine Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these Divine Persons are called the Blessed Trinity.

3. That Jesus Christ, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, became man and died for our redemption.

4. That the grace of God is necessary for our salvation.

5.That the human soul is immortal.

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