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Hell Is A Real Place – 10 Saints Give Chilling Accounts Of Hell That Will Scare You Into Heaven! 

Hell Is A Real Place – 10 Saints Give Chilling Accounts Of Hell That Will Scare You Into Heaven! 

Hell is a real place. You don’t want to go there!

All of us will eventually die and face judgement before God. If we die in Christ, we’ll go to heaven (with perhaps a temporary period of cleansing in Purgatory first). If we die in mortal or Original sin, then we go straight away to hell for all eternity, with no hope for redemption.

If that scares you, that’s okay. Yes, we should choose God out of love, but the Church has always taught that the threat of eternal punishment can have a very salutary effect on leading people away from sin and toward God.

So repent! And spread the Gospel of salvation in Christ to your neighbors.

Here are 10 Quotes from the Saints about this real place of punishment:  

1) “I am filled with fear and trembling, and all my bones are shaken at the thought of that unhappy country of the damned”.

-St. Bernard

2) “I saw the torments of hell and those of purgatory: no words can describe them. Had poor mortals the faintest idea of them, they will suffer a thousand deaths rather than undergo the least of their torments during a single day”. 

-St. Catherine of Siena. 

3) “Poor Judas! Above seventeen hundred years have elapsed since he has been in Hell, and his Hell is still only beginning!”.

-St. Alphonsus Maria De Liguori.

4) “The natural fire that we see during this life has great power to burn and torment. Yet, this is not even a shadow of the fire of Hell”.

-St. Anthony Mary Claret. 

5) “The wicked bodies of the condemned shall simmer and blaze in those living fires”.

St. Cyprian of Carthage

6) “Alas! of what kind is that place of wailing and gnashing of teeth… At which even Satan shudders? O woe! What is it, where the sleeping worm dies not? What dread misery to be sent into outer darkness? Of what kind of angels placed over these torments. Who pitiless and frightful, punish by casting in there, while at the same time the reproach most grievously? Then shall those already in the midst of the torments cry out with pleading voices, and there will be no one to speak for them to the Lord, and they shall not be heard”.  

St. Ephrem of Syria.

7) “Let us fancy we see hell, and imagine what is worst to behold-a horrible cavern full of black flames, sulphur, devils, dragons, fire, swords, arrows, and innumerable damned who roar in despair. Imagine the worst you can, and then say, ‘All this is nothing compared to hell!”

-St. Ignatius of Loyola.

8) “No more is it possible for the evildoer. The avaricious, and the treacherous to hide from God than it is for the virtuous. Every man will receive eternal punishment or reward which his actions deserve. Indeed, if all men recognized this, no one will choose evil even for a short time, knowing that he would incur the eternal sentence of fire. On the contrary, he would take every means to control himself and to adorn himself in virtue, so that he might obtain the good gifts of God and escape the punishments “.

-St. Justin Marytr.

9) ” Alas! I could not bear the sight of them. How could I, as the noise of these despairing yells caused me an unbearable horror?”

– St. Lydwine Of Schiedam. 

10) “Do not neglect the grace that is offered to you. The God who offers the sinner pardon, does not promise him tomorrow “.

St. Wolfrand.

The Dogma Of Hell: 3 Terrifying And Similar Visions Of Hell From Mystics And Saints Of The Church 

The Dogma Of Hell: 3 Terrifying And Similar Visions Of Hell From Mystics And Saints Of The Church 

If the visions of the saints are in the least bit close to the truth, hell is very real and terrible. Nobody wants to go there.

Hell is real, and for Catholics, its existence is a dogma. The Council of Florence established in 1439 that “the souls of those who die in present mortal sin, or even only in original sin, immediately descend into hell”.

Because it is a place only for those who have died, they can not have access to hell those of us who still live – at least in ordinary circumstances. Many saints and non-saints throughout the history of the Church have claimed to have had vivid mystical experiences of hell and have written about it. Following are three of these descriptions.

The Catechism clearly states that the role of private revelation “is not that of” improving “or” completing “the deposit of faith, but that of” helping to live it more fully in a given historical epoch”. The account of these visions must therefore be read to see if they can help inspire us to take the reality of the eternal kingdom of the damned more seriously.


Hell: “Dense Darkness” Santa Teresa d’Avila

Three absolutely terrifying visions of hell
St. Teresa of Avila

The great saint of the sixteenth century Teresa of Avila was a Carmelite nun and theologian. He is one of the 35 doctors of the Church. His book “The Inner Castle” is considered one of the most important texts on spiritual life. In her autobiography, the saint describes a vision of hell that she believed God had granted her to help her get away from her sins:

“The entrance seemed to me like a very long and narrow alley, like a very low, dark and cramped oven; the ground, a mud full of filth and a pestilent smell in which a number of disgusting reptiles were moving. In the back wall there was a cavity like a cupboard built into the wall, where I felt enclosed in a very small space. But all this was a spectacle even pleasant compared to what I had to suffer here”[…].

“What I am about to say, however, seems to me that we can not even attempt to describe it or understand it: I felt in the soul a fire of such violence that I do not know how to refer it; the body was tormented by such intolerable pains that, although having suffered in this life of very serious […], everything is nothing compared to what I suffered there then, all the more to the thought that they would be torments without end and without respite” […].

“I was in a pestilential place, with no hope of comfort, without the possibility of sitting down and spreading my limbs, closed as I was in that sort of hole in the wall. The same walls, horrible to behold, weighed down on me, giving me a feeling of suffocation. There was no light, but very dense darkness”[…].

“Later, however, I had a vision of frightening things, including the punishment of some vices. When I saw them, they seemed far more terrible […]. To hear about hell is nothing, as nothing is the fact that he has sometimes meditated on the different torments he gives (even if only a few times, because the path of fear is not made for my soul) and with which the demons torture the damned and others that I read in books; it is nothing, I repeat, in the face of this punishment, which is quite another thing. There is the same difference that passes between a portrait and reality; burning at our fire is very little compared to the torment of hellfire. I was frightened and still am while I am writing, even though it has been almost six years since I felt myself chilled by terror here, where I am” […].

“This vision also gave me great pain to the thought of the many souls damned (especially those of Lutherans who were already members of the Church for baptism) and a strong impulse to succeed them, being, I believe, beyond doubt that, for free one of those terrible torments, I would be willing to face a thousand deaths very willingly”[…].Hell: “Horrible caverns, chasms of torments” Santa Maria Faustina Kowalska

Three absolutely terrifying visions of hell
St. Maria Faustina

Santa Maria Faustina Kowalska, known as Santa Faustina, was a Polish nun who claimed to have had a series of visions that included Jesus, the Eucharist, the angels and various saints. It is from her visions, recorded in her Diary, that the Church has received the now popular devotion to the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. In a passage from the end of October 1936, she describes a vision of hell:

“Today, under the guidance of an angel, I have been in the depths of Hell. It is a place of great torment throughout its frighteningly large extent. These are the various penalties I have seen: the first penalty, the one that Constitutes hell, is the loss of God; the second, the continuous remorse of the conscience; the third, the awareness that that fate will never change; the fourth penalty is the fire that penetrates the soul, but does not annihilate it; it is a terrible pain: it is a purely spiritual fire, ignited by the wrath of God; the fifth penalty is the continuous darkness, a horrible stuffy stink, and though it is dark the demons and the damned souls see each other and see all the evil of others and their own; the sixth penalty is the continuous company of satan; the seventh punishment is the tremendous desperation, the hatred of God, the curses, the curses, the blasphemies”.

“These are pains that all the damned suffer together, but this is not the end of their torment. There are particular torments for the various souls which are the torments of the senses. Every soul with that which has sinned is tormented in a tremendous and indescribable way. There are horrible caves, chasms of torment, where every torment differs from the other. I would have died at the sight of those horrible tortures if the omnipotence of God had not sustained me. The sinner knows that with the sense with which he sins he will be tortured for all eternity. I write this by the order of God, so that no soul can be justified by saying that hell is not there, or that no one has ever been and nobody knows how it is.”

“I, Sister Faustina, by order of God have been in the abysses of hell, in order to tell it to souls and testify that hell is there.Now I can not talk about this. I have the order from God to leave it in writing. The demons have shown great hatred against me, but by order of God they have had to obey me. What I wrote is a faint shadow of the things I saw. One thing I noticed is that most of the souls that are there, are souls who did not believe that there was hell. When I returned to myself, I could not recover from the fright at the thought that souls suffer so tremendously, so I pray more fervently for the conversion of sinners, and I unceasingly invoke God’s mercy for them. My Jesus, I would prefer to agonize until the end of the world, among the worst sufferings, rather than offend you with the least sin”. (Diary of Saint Faustina, 741).

Hell: “A great sea of ​​fire”: Sister Lucia of Fatima

Three absolutely terrifying visions of hell
Sr. Lucia of Fatima with Pope St. John Paul II

Sister Lucia is not a saint, but she is one of the recipients of one of the most important private revelations of the twentieth century, which took place in Fatima (Portugal). In 1917 she was one of the three children who claimed to have experienced numerous visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She declared that Mary had shown her a vision of hell which she later described in her Memoirs:

“[Mary] She once again opened her hands, as she had done the previous two months. The rays [of light] appeared to penetrate the earth and we saw it as a vast sea of ​​fire and we saw the demons and souls [of the damned] immersed in it”.

“Then there were like burning embers transparent, all blackened and burned, with human form. They were floating in this great conflagration, now thrown into the air by the flames and then sucked again, along with large clouds of smoke. Sometimes they fell on each side like sparks on huge fires, without weight or balance, between shouts and lamentations of pain and despair, which terrified us and made us tremble with fear (it must have been this vision that made me cry, as people say she heard).”

“The demons were distinguished [from the souls of the damned] for their terrifying and repellent appearance similar to that of horrendous and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning embers. This vision lasted only a moment, thanks to our good Heavenly Mother, who in her first appearance promised to take us to Heaven. Without this promise, I believe we would have died of terror and fright”.

Any reactions? We can all rely on the mercy of God in Christ, and thus avoid anything that is even close to these descriptions, so by His Grace we can spend eternity in union with God in heaven.

Pope Francis, The Devil And Hell

Pope Francis, The Devil And Hell

Pope Francis has been unequivocal, consistent and emphatic throughout his papacy, regarding and affirming the existence of the devil.

But when it comes to the existence of hell, his teaching has been less unambiguous.

On the morning of April 11, 2014, Pope Francis used his daily homily at the Mass in the chapel of the St. Martha residence in Vatican City to focus on a theme that has long been among his concerns: Satan.

“Jesus’ life was a battle,” Francis said. “He came to conquer evil, to conquer the prince of this world, to conquer the devil.” He added, “Our spiritual life, our Christian life, is a battle. … The devil does not want us to become holy; he does not want us to follow Jesus.”

The Pope continued, “Of course, one of you will say: ‘But Father, you are so old-fashioned, speaking about the devil in the 21st century!’ … Watch out, the devil exists! The devil exists even in the 21st century. And we must not be naive. We must learn from the Gospel how to battle against him.”

The homily of Pope Francis was consistent with his teachings on the reality of the devil from the very start of his pontificate to only a few weeks ago, when he issued his latest apostolic exhortation on holiness, Gaudete et Exsultate (The Call to Holiness in Today’s World), in which he devoted an entire chapter to spiritual combat, discernment and Satan.

On March 14, 2013, the day after his election, he told the cardinals who had elected him, “When one does not profess Jesus Christ — I recall the phrase of Leon Bloy, ‘Whoever does not pray to God, prays to the devil’ — one professes the worldliness of the devil.”

And this was not some postelection embrace of the Catechism. In his time as the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he made many similar declarations.

In his famous conversation with his friend Rabbi Abraham Skorka, published as On Heaven and Earth (Image, 2013), then-Cardinal Bergoglio said, “In my personal experience, I feel him every time that I am tempted to do something that is not what God wants for me. I believe that the devil exists.”

The Catechism, of course, teaches bluntly about the reality of the devil:

“Behind the disobedient choice of our first parents lurks a seductive voice, opposed to God, which makes them fall into death out of envy. Scripture and the Church’s Tradition see in this being a fallen angel, called ‘Satan’ or the ‘devil’” (391).

The Catechism goes on to emphasize: “The power of Satan is, nonetheless, not infinite. He is only a creature, powerful from the fact that he is pure spirit, but still a creature.”

The devil as a creature is reiterated by Francis in his new exhortation, with the vital point, “We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea.”

This point is important because here Francis is articulating a position — the one the Church has always taught — that now is held only by a minority of Catholics.

A recent analysis by CARA (the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University) found that while belief in the devil has held steady over the last decades (with 70% of U.S. adults believing in the devil), belief in Satan as a creature has declined in favor of the devil as a mere symbol. Overall, 69% consider Satan to be a symbol, while 31% believe Satan is a “living being.”

As for Catholics, only 17% see Satan as a “living being,” the lowest among Christian groups and only one percentage higher than the “Nones.” CARA’s assessment is sobering:

“What does that mean? Well, symbols aren’t really going to stir the same concerns in someone that a being might. … Catholics who believe in the devil and hell are more likely than those who do not to be religiously active. But there are other impacts we can see in the survey. For example, Catholics who believe Satan is a being are more likely than those who believe Satan is a symbol to say they believe the world is ‘clearly divided into good and evil’ (42% compared to 22%). Those who see Satan as a symbol are more likely to believe that the world is ‘more complex’ than being clearly divided into good and evil forces.”

Which raises the related question: How do people today perceive hell, and what does Francis have to say about that?

During Holy Week, the 93-year-old atheist founder of La Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari, caused uproar with the claim that Francis had told him, “Hell does not exist; the disappearance of the souls of sinners exists.”

Scalfari, who has said he doesn’t take notes and recreates his interviews from memory, has previously made similar assertions about the Pope, and the Vatican then and now has responded with various disclaimers that the “quotation” should not “be considered as a faithful transcription of the Holy Father’s words.”

However, a far more fulsome denial of Scalfari is in order from the Holy See and from Francis himself.

Since his election, Francis has spoken on hell as he obviously has the devil, but Scalfari, who has been granted a papal interview several times, has claimed more than once that the Pope has denied the existence of hell.

Given the seriousness of Scalfari’s repeated claim, which implies the Pope might subscribe to the old but persistent heresy of Annihilationism, this assertion demands a clear refutation — most effectively from Francis himself, since he has yet to repudiate Scalfari’s remarks personally and publicly.

Found among some Protestant theologians, as well as a few modern Catholic ones, Annihilationism argues that, rather than face eternal damnation, the souls of unrepentant sinners simply cease to exist. There is more that can be said about the lingering heresy, but the Catechism declares:

“The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death, the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, ‘eternal fire.’ The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs” (1035).

Is Francis somehow an Annihilationist? Compare the Catechism to Francis’ Message for Lent in 2016 that noted that “the danger always remains that, by a constant refusal to open the doors of their hearts to Christ, who knocks on them in the poor, the proud, rich and powerful will end up condemning themselves and plunging into the eternal abyss of solitude, which is hell.” 

This is rather obscure, and the timing of the Pope’s new controversy over hell is particularly problematic because, while belief in the devil as a creature rather than a myth or symbol has waned among Catholics, so, too, has belief in hell.

According to the 2014 “Religious Landscape Study” by the Pew Research Center, 58% of U.S. adults believe in hell, essentially unchanged from 2007.

Among Catholics, however, only 69% believe in hell, and 29% do not. By comparison, 82% of evangelicals believe in hell, and 11% do not, while 60% of mainline Protestants believe, and 29% do not.

And just as the denial of Satan’s reality is toxic for other aspects of faith and morals, so, too, does a waning belief in hell form part of a withering of wider belief and practice and a severely malnourished eschatology.

Consider the latest findings by Gallup that Mass attendance is down to 39%, a 6% decline from 2014 to 2017.

Pew found that the less one attends church and prays, the less one believes in hell.

In an era of declining belief in the Real Presence, collapsing Mass attendance and the denial by many theologians of objective moral truth, the idea of the devil as a hazy symbol of evil is hardly surprising. 

Gaudete et Exsultate provides a helpful doctrinal corrective on the devil to an increasingly disbelieving Catholic faithful.

However, a friend with whom Francis has spoken repeatedly and candidly is claiming the pontiff is suggesting heresy regarding hell.

It is vital for the Church — starting with Pope Francis — to teach with coherence and vigor on the Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell.

Consequently, it is also vital to have a manifest and specific denial of Scalfari and a public declaration of what the Holy Father believes about the destiny of our souls.

The devil may be in the details, but even more so in their absence.

Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

Hell Is Real – As Related From Visions Of Our Lady And The Saints

Over a hundred years ago today, on 13 July 1917, Our Lady is said to have revealed a vision of hell to three little Portuguese shepherds. According to the eldest, Lucia dos Santos’ later reminiscence, “The vision lasted but an instant. […] Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”

Mary, it appears, doesn’t really go in for doctrinal soft-peddling, even when dealing with primary school-age children. And to be fair to her, she has a good track record raising kids.

Nevertheless, hell isn’t as popular as it used to be. Surveys consistently show that while lots of people still believe in Heaven, rather fewer believe in “the other place”. And that trend is as true of Catholics as it is for everybody else.

In such a climate, the message of Fátima does not necessarily sit easily. But then, neither – and this really ought to give us pause – does the message of Jesus of Nazareth.

Jesus talks about hell, gehenna in New Testament Greek, an awful lot. True enough, it is not a subject he ever dwells on in detail: there is no suite of parables which intimate various aspects of hell, as there are for the Kingdom (see Mark 4; Matthew 13). But Jesus refers to it in all main strands of the gospel tradition. And what he does say, though brief, is often graphically to-the-point. “Fires of hell”, the phrase used in the Fátima decade prayer – which was also, I might add, revealed one hundred years ago – Is a thoroughly Jesuanic image (Mark 9.43; Matthew 13.42, 50; 25.41).


From the visions of two of the churches saints, they give us, just a tip of what Hell looks and feels like. 

The Hell seen by Santa Teresa d’Avila

In the vision of the Saint there are several important factors concerning hell:

a) The place where the hell would be, whose entrance consists of a long tunnel, is narrow, like a low, dark and cramped oven. A pestilential place where there is neither hope of comfort nor space to sit or relax. The ground, all smelly mud, is full of disgusting reptiles. There is no light, but very dense darkness and in the meantime everything that can be painful to the sight can be seen anyway.

b) The penalties suffered by the damned. The soul is invested by a fire that Teresa can not describe; the body (the Saint is there with the soul and the body) is tortured horribly by intolerable pains. But all this is still nothing in front of the agony of the soul that suffers an oppression, an anguish, a sadness and a living and desperate pain “that I do not know – says the Saint – how to express myself”. “To say that you suffer continuous agonies of death is not enough, because at least in death it seems that life is torn off from others, while here it is the same soul that makes itself into pieces by itself. The most atrocious suffering is the thought that these penalties have neither end nor any mitigation”. The worst torments are the fire and inner despair. The pains and afflictions are felt in spirit but are truly suffering, as if one were suffering in the body.

c) Such punishments are such as to overcome every human imagination: compared to them, the most atrocious sufferings of this earth are nothing. What is said about hell and its tortures has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different.

It is certain that “how much is meditated on the torments of hell, on what the demons are suffering, or that is read in the books, has nothing to do with reality, because it is totally different, like a portrait compared to the object retracted. Almost not even our fire can be compared with that of down there”.

d) In addition to the chastisements we say so common for all the damned, there are also terrifying punishments for every particular vice.

e) It is the same damned soul that is torn apart, which is done in pieces by itself. “I did not see – says the Saint – who made me suffer them (called torments), but I felt burning and dilating, although the worst torment was the fire and inner despair”.

The hell seen by Santa Veronica Giuliani

And now, in short, the most remarkable is found in the visions of Santa Veronica:

a) Hell is a “very dark” place but it gives fire like a great furnace. In all other visions the landscape, so to speak, is essentially always that, even if some details change. Even when he finds himself in a deserted, dark and solitary place, he hears nothing but screams, cries, whistles of snakes, noises of chains, wheels, irons, barrels so large that, at every stroke, the whole world seemed to sink. Like when he finds himself “in a low, black and fetid region, full of bulls’ bellowing, of lions screams, of snake whistles … A great mountain rose up in front of me and was covered with asps and basilisks tied together … The living mountain was a clamor of horrible curses”. It is always hell as Jesus tells her: “Aim and look carefully at this place that will never end. So the torment, my justice and my strict disdain.”  Torment for the damned is precisely the justice of God and his strict indignation.

b) The damned are those who have rejected God and his law, and have chosen to serve their ego. The demons keep them as tied beasts of different species. Beasts which, in an instant, become in the eyes of the Saint, creatures (men), but so terrifying and ugly, that they gave her more terror than the demons themselves. The Saint sees them fall, damned forever, in that abyss like a rain. Hell, according to the Saint, deserves it above all for the sin of ingratitude. The souls, that is, despite being in the abundance of so many goods, almost never know how to recognize their origins and almost never remember those who have done everything and gave them.

c) Even in hell there is an order: those who sin more and more seriously responsible, suffer more frighteningly than others who have sinned less and with less responsibility. For S. Veronica there is a higher hell, that is, benign hell, and a maximum hell. There are therefore various departments, perhaps depicted in those mountains, one different from the other from which the damned rush into the abyss. In fact, the mountain opens wide and in its open flanks the Saint sees a multitude of souls and demons intertwined with chains of fire. Demons, extremely furious, harass the souls who cry out in despair. To this mountain, follow other more horrible mountains, whose bowels are the scene of atrocious and indescribable tortures.

The souls of the new inhabitants are rushing down with the fury of dense hail. “And at this arrival, punishments are renewed on the damned”. In an even more profound place thousands of souls are piled up (they are those of the murderers), over which looms a press with an immense wheel. The wheel turns and makes all hell tremble. Suddenly the press swoops upon the souls, reducing them almost to one; so that each participates in the penalty of the other. Then they come back as before.There are several souls with a book in their hands. The demons beat them with fire rods in their mouths, with iron maces on their heads, and with sharp spikes they pierce their ears. They are the souls of those religious bastards, who adapted the rule to their own use and consumption. Other souls are locked up in bags and impaled by the devils in the mouth of a horrible dragon forever. They are the souls of the misers. Others bubbled into a lake of rubbish. Suddenly they strike lightning. The souls remain incinerated, but then regain the primeval state. “The sins they have committed are the most serious that any living can imagine”.

d) At the bottom of the abyss are the hierarchys of hell. Here, in fact, the Saint sees a monstrous throne, made of terrifying demons. In the center a chair formed by the heads of the abyss. The Saint notes that the mute pillow of the chair was Judas and other desperate souls like him. When asked the angels who those souls were, she received this terrible answer: “They were dignitaries of the Church and religious prelates”. Satan sat on it in his indescribable horror and from there he watched all the damned.

e) The vision of Satan forms the torment of hell, as the vision of God forms the delight of Paradise. Here, the blessed are happy in the vision of God which is the source and root of all their goods; in hell, the damned, as well as being incredibly tormented by demons who dispense pain and suffering unheard of in their hatred, is the vision of Satan above all, their greatest enemy and creator in part of their damnation, which makes them suffer unspeakably.

f) In hell there is also the sorrow of the senses: the Saint speaks of flames and fire, of cries and noises, of stench and horrendous smoke. that can not be compared to any penalty on earth. Great mystery, hell and terrible reality. “Many – as Our Lady said to Sr. Veronica – do not believe that there is hell, and I tell you that you who have been there, have not understood anything of what it is”.

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