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The souls in Hell may have refused to empty their arms to receive His embrace, but God has not withdrawn His love for them.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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A companion to St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa Theologica

St. Thomas Aquinas’ Summa is extraordinarily well suited to explaining the things of God, but it remains rather tough for many modern minds to understand.

This site attempts to explain the Summa in laymen’s terms.

According to the site: The Companion to the Summa is the most remarkable and successful attempt to put into modern English for a lay audience the essential arguments and insights of Aquinas’ greatest work, the Summa theologiae.

Fr. Farrell wrote almost sixty years ago, in the late 30’s and early 40’s, so we cannot fault him for the use of language that was acceptable at that time but might sound inappropriate today.

His colorful and imaginative paraphrase deserves to be taken off the shelf and reviewed by all serious seekers of theological truth.

In an age which looks upon the theology of the Catholic tradition as irrelevant to contemporary problems we leave it to your judgment to read and see if Aquinas, as mediated by the brilliant imagination of Fr. Walter Farrell, has a contribution to make.

Don’t miss the opportunity to download the entire work, for free.

Visit A Companion to the Summa, by Walter Farrell O.P.

Study the Summa, at NewAdvent.org