The 20th Century Saint Who Had A Vision Of The 7 Sufferings Of Hell!

The 20th Century Saint Who Had A Vision Of The 7 Sufferings Of Hell!

Hell is a real place. But what is it like exactly?

Note that “private revelations” such as these and other revelations given to Saints and mystics, are not on the same level of the divine revelation given by God in Jesus Christ. Catholics are not obliged to believe private revelations – but they can nonetheless aid someone in their faith.

While the Bible gives us some clues, the 20th century mystic St. Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament received a particularly vivid vision, which she recorded in her diary, Divine Mercy In My Soul.

As She puts it in her dairy (741):

“Today I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell, It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is!”

“The kinds of tortures I saw…” she begins, and then lists the seven kinds of sufferings of hell she saw:

“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, lit by God’s anger;

“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.”

St. Faustina stated that the exact form of this suffering can be different for each person: 

“Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. 

There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another.

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. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no Hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like. I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. I cannot speak about it now; but I have received a command from God to leave it in writing. The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw.”

Finally, she adds one important qualification: 
“But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell. When I came to, I could hardly recover from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there!

Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. O 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.”

May we have faith that hell does indeed exists, and turn back to God!
Pray for the conversion of sinners – especially ourselves!

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