|Can people really go to Hell?
by Fr. John Trigilio
Have you ever wondered why the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Mother of Mercy, showed a vision of Hell to three innocent shepherd children?
100 years ago today, during the 3rd apparition at Fatima, Portugal, Our Lady told Lucia, Jacinta and Francisco that “you have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart!”
Sister Lucia, the oldest of the Fatima seers, described the following:
“Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.
The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror.”
Was this some cruel joke or a bizarre way of frightening little children? Or did Our Lady have a profoundly salvific purpose for showing Hell to the children and through them to the world?
Was Our Lady preempting the modern trend of denying the existence of Hell; the trend to make sinners feel good about living in sin; the trend to ensure that no one has to amend their lives and that everyone can offend God without any consequence whatsoever?
What does the One Holy Catholic Church say about this?
Does Hell really exist? Do unrepentant sinners actually go to Hell? Why would God be so cruel as to send anyone to Hell?
These and other absolutely critical questions are addressed by Fr. John Trigilio in this edition of the Catholic Moral Guidance series.
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May God have mercy on our nation and on all souls, especially those who find themselves on the path to perdition!
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May Our Lady of Fatima bless you and your loved ones very much during these difficult and trying times!
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Thomas J. McKenna
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