Everything you always needed to know about Hell


Courtesy of Saint Thomas Aquinas, as explained by Msgr. Charles Pope

The teachings of the Lord on Hell are difficult, especially in today’s climate. The most difficult questions that arise relate to its eternal nature and how to square its existence with a God who is loving and rich in mercy.

1. Does God love the souls in Hell? Yes.

How could they continue to exist if He did not love them, sustain them, and continue to provide for them? God loves because He is love. Although we may fail to be able to experience or accept His love, God loves every being He has made, human or angelic.

The souls in Hell may have refused to empty their arms to receive His embrace, but God has not withdrawn His love for them. He permits those who have rejected Him to live apart from him. God honors their freedom to say no, even respecting it when it becomes permanent, as it has for fallen angels and the souls in Hell.

God is not tormenting the damned. The fire and other miseries are largely expressions of the sad condition of those who have rejected the one thing for which they were made: to be caught up into the love and perfection of God and the joy of all the saints.

2. Is there any good at all in Hell? Yes. Are all the damned punished equally? No.

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* * * NEWS FLASH – swallowing small amounts of saliva, over extended periods of time, is ALWAYS FATAL * * *

Momento mori: Latin phrase meaning, “Remember, you will die”.

This is the truest reality there is. This is what makes us all the same. It doesn’t matter how rich we are, or how popular we are, or how powerful we are: we are all going to “kick the bucket” one day. Isn’t that a nice thought?

Okay, you may say, so what? After we come to accept this basic reality, we have to make sure we do everything with our end in mind. God tells us in the Book of Sirach, “Call no man happy before his death, for by how he ends, a man is known” (11:28 [RNAB]). The world is filled with examples of men who began well and ended badly! We need to make sure that we are not one of them!

If we keep our end in mind then we can begin to reflect on what is most important: What will I accomplish with my short time on earth? What do I want people to say about me once I’ve taken my last breath? Was my life worth living? Will I be a person who changed the world? Will I be a person who gave more than I took? Or will I be a person who took more than I gave? Will people say of me, “I loved to be around that man because he was a true man and he gave his life away for others”? Or will they say, “That person was one of the most miserable human beings you would ever want to meet”? What will others say about you?

Read more from Father Larry Richards

Series of four inspirational articles about Heaven isn’t quite Catholic, but pretty close.


New Heaven and New Earth united (Part 1)

Heaven a secret? (Part 2)

Heaven — God’s home and man’s destiny (Part 3)

Heaven — we were made for planet earth (Part 4)


Free will and eternal destiny

Submitted by Bob Stanley

Terminal diagnosis: ‘I am stepping out of time into eternity’

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Late last year Tony Foley, a 41-year-old tax adviser, was told he had terminal cancer. In this frank account he explains how he has coped.

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Would a loving God actually consign a soul to eternal Hell?

Q: Would a loving God actually consign a soul to eternal Hell?

A: While man’s understanding of the Almighty’s sorting and refining process is subject to various interpretations, it remains absolutely clear that God has extremely high standards, and that he doesn’t intend to spend eternity with a bunch of ungrateful, barbarian morons.

Nobody does.

It’s also clear that anyone who misses out on the opportunity of an eternal lifetime, because of their lack of charity and faith, will regret it forever.

That’s where the suffering comes in.

God-like questions for Catholics?

Q: God-like questions for Catholics?

I use to be a strong Catholic but no more. I’m happy without religion.

A lot of you will say “God always was” and other of this non-sense. What was before God and heaven?

Also, i have a slight-counter response to that. If the bible says “man (and woman) were created in God’s image” then wouldnt that mean that God was also created like us humans? Maybe not literally, i know, but as a figure of speech.

Also, if we ‘were’ created in his image, then wouldn’t God, have also had experienced and known the feeling of being corrupt, sad, happy, or confused? Where do the emotions we as humans feel, come from?

A: The image of God is grace, and the likeness of God is love. Mankind was initially created full of grace, and with an unlimited potential for love.

Eternity has no beginning and no end. God, who dwells in the eternal realm with his angels and his saints, doesn’t either. Odds are, prior to Adam’s fall from grace, Eden was merely the earthly extension of God’s eternal realm.

God is the “Uncreated First Cause” of all things. He is not in any way affected by human emotions, flaws, laws, or corruption of any kind, and God is patently incapable of committing any type of sin.

Like it or not you’re still Catholic by virtue of your baptism. God still loves you, and you’re not going to get off that easily.

Those who understand the authentic Christian faith know that it’s about perfect freedom. It has nothing at all to do with control.