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…and yet, Hell exists!

Archbishopric of Catholic Athens
In Poland in the last century St Faustina Kowalska received visions and revelations from Jesus Christ.  In 1938 she saw something which marked her soul forever: “Today, with the guidance of an Angel, I found myself in the abyss of Hell. It is a place of great torture, and it is terrifyingly vast. The different torments that I saw were these: the 1st torment that is hell is the loss of God, the 2nd constant pangs of conscience, the 3rd consciousness that this situation will never change, the 4th fire that penetrates the soul but does not destroy it, lit by God’s anger, the 5th torment is the continual darkness, a fearful and suffocating stench, and despite the darkness the demons and the condemned souls look at each other each seeing all the evil of the other,  the 6th torment is the  constant company of Satan, the 7th is terrible despair, hatred towards God, curses and profanities. These are the torments that all the condemned suffer together. But this is not the end of the torment. There are special torture chambers. Each soul, depending on its sins, is tormented in a terrible and indescribable way. One would die under these bloody torments if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. The sinner must know that he or she is tormented with the sense of sin for all eternity. I write these things by order of God that no soul should be justified in saying that there is no hell or that nobody has been there. Hell exists!”

Jesus Christ himself speaks clearly and uses the harshest and most violent pictures in the Bible : “He shall send forth His angels and they shall gather out of his Kingdom all things that offend and all those who do iniquity, and shall cast them into a furnace of fire. There shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.” (Μat. 13,41-42). “In Hell where the worm dieth not and the fire is not quenched.” (Μk 9,48). “ Truly I say: I do not know you … and cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There, there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Μat. 25,12.30).

Before the danger of eternal damnation God sent his Son to redeem us and the Church is the ship where we can be saved.  Pope St John Paul II who declared Faustina Kowalska to be a saint, also wrote the encyclical “Rich in Mercy.”   According to the proposal of Christ who appeared to St Faustina, the Sunday after Easter was established as the Day of Divine Mercy. Thus the Church continues to urge us to repentance because the mercy of God is without     limits.

 Sebastian. Archbishop

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