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Descdent into Hell
« on: January 07, 2015, 10:56:03 PM »
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  • The following excerpt is from the visions of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich in the book The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Sacred Scripture does not give an explicit account of what had happened during the three days between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ, but the following account is private revelation that was given to the German Augustinian nun, Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich.during the early part of the 19th century.

     

    "When Jesus, after uttering a loud cry, expired, I saw his heavenly soul under the form of a bright meteor pierce the earth at the foot of the Cross, accompanied by the angel Gabriel and many other angels.  His Divine nature continued united to his soul as well as to his body, which still remained hanging upon the Cross, but I cannot explain how this was, although I saw it plainly in my own mind.  The place into which the soul of Jesus entered was divided into three parts, which appeared to me like three worlds; and I felt that they were round, and that each division was separated from the other by a hemisphere.

    I beheld a bright and beautiful space opposite to Limbo; it was enameled with flowers, delicious breezes wafted through it; and many souls were placed there before being admitted into Heaven after their deliverance from Purgatory.  Limbo, the place where the souls were waiting for the Redemption, was divided into different compartments, and encompassed by a thick foggy atmosphere.  Our Lord appeared radiant with light and surrounded by angels, who conducted him triumphantly between two of these compartments; the one on the left containing the patriarchs who lived before the time of Abraham, and that on the right those who lived between the days of Abraham and St. John Baptist.  These souls did not at first recognize Jesus, but were filled nevertheless with sensations of joy and hope.  There was not a spot in those narrow confines which did not, as it were, dilate with feelings of happiness.  The passage of Jesus might be compared to the wafting of a breath of air, to a sudden flash of light, or to a shower of vivifying dew, but it was swift as a whirlwind.  After passing through the two compartments, he reached a dark spot in which Adam and Eve were standing; he spoke to them, they prostrated themselves and adored him in a perfect ecstasy of joy, and they immediately joined the band of angels, and accompanied our Lord to the compartment on the left, which contained the patriarchs who lived before Abraham.  This compartment was a species of Purgatory, and a few evil spirits were wandering about among the souls and endeavoring to fill them with anxiety and alarm.  The entrance through a species of door was closed, but the angels rapped, and I thought I hear them say, ‘Open these doors.’  When Jesus entered in triumph the demons dispersed, crying out at the same time, ‘What is there between thee and us?  What art though come to do here?  Wilt though crucify us likewise?’  The angels hunted them away, having first chained them.  The poor souls confined in this place had only a slight presentiment and vague idea of the presence of Jesus; but the moment he told them that it was he himself, they burst out into acclamations of joy, and welcomed him with hymns of rapture and delight.  The soul of our Lord then wended its way to the right, towards that part which really constituted Limbo; and these he met the soul of the good thief which angels were carrying to Abraham’s bosom, as also that of the bad thief being dragged by demons into Hell.  Our Lord addressed a few words to both, and then entered Abraham’s bosom, accompanied by numerous angels and holy souls, and also by those demons who had been chained and expelled from the compartment.  

     

    This locality appeared to me more elevated than the surrounding parts; and I can only describe my sensation on entering it, by comparing them to those of a person coming suddenly into the interior of a church, after having been for some time in the burial vaults.  The demons, who were strongly chained, were extremely loath to enter, and resisted to the utmost of their power, but the angels compelled them to go forward.  All the just who had lived before the time of Christ were assembled there; the patriarchs, Moses, the judges, and the kings on the left-hand side; and on the right side, the prophets, and the ancestors of our Lord, as also his near relations, such as Joachim, Anna, Joseph, Zacharias, Elizabeth, and John.  There were no demons in this place, and the only discomfort that had been felt by those placed there was a longing desire for the accomplishment of the promise; and when our Lord entered they saluted Him with joyful hymns of gratitude and thanksgiving for its fulfillment, they prostrated and adored him, and the evil spirits who had been dragged into Abraham’s bosom when our Lord entered were compelled to confess with shame that they were vanquished.  Many of these holy souls were ordered by our Lord to return to earth, re-enter their own bodies, and this render a solemn and impressive testimony to the truth.  It was at this moment that so many dead persons left their tombs in Jerusalem;  I regarded them less in the light of dead persons risen again than as corpses put in motion by a divine power, and which, after having fulfilled the mission entrusted to them, were laid aside in the same manner as the insignia of office are taken off by a clerk when he has executed the orders of his superiors.

    I next say our Lord, with his triumphant procession, enter into a species of Purgatory which was filled with those good pagans who, having had a faint glimmering of the truth, had longed for its fulfillment:  this Purgatory was a very deep, and contained a few demons, as also some of the idols of the pagans.  I saw the demons compelled to confess the deception they had practiced with regard to these idols, and the souls of the poor pagans cast themselves at the feet of Jesus, and adored him with inexpressible joy:  here, likewise, the demons were bound with chains and dragged away.  I saw our Saviour perform many other action; but I suffered so intensely at the same time, that I cannot recount them as I should have wished.  

    Finally, I beheld him approach to the center of the great abyss, that is to say, to Hell itself; and the expression of his countenance was most severe.

    The exterior of Hell was appalling and frightful; it was an immense, heavy-looking building, and the granite of which it was formed, although black, was of metallic brightness; and the dark and ponderous doors were secured with such terrible bolts that no one could behold them without trembling.  Deep groans and cries of despair might be plainly distinguished even while the doors were tightly closed; but, O, who can describe the dreadful yells and shrieks which burst upon the ear when the bolts depict the melancholy appearance of the inhabitants of this wretched place!

    The form under which the Heavenly Jerusalem is generally represented in my visions is that of a beautiful and well-regulated city, and the different degrees of glory to which the elect are raised are demonstrated by the magnificence of their palaces, or the wonderful fruit and flowers with which the gardens are embellished.  Hell is shown to me under the same form, but all within it is, on the contrary, close, confused, and crowded;  every object tends to fill the mind with the sensations of pain and grief;  the marks of the wrath and vengeance of God are visible everywhere; despair, like a vulture, gnaws every heart, and discord and misery reign around.  In the Heavenly Jerusalem all is peace and eternal harmony, the beginning, fulfillment, and end of everything being pure and perfect happiness; the city is filled with splendid buildings, decorated in such a manner as to charm every eye and enrapture every sense; the inhabitants of this delightful abode are overflowing with rapture and exultation, the gardens gay with lovely flowers, and the tree covered with delicious fruits which give eternal life.  In the city of Hell nothing is to be seen but dismal dungeons, dark caverns, frightful deserts, fetid swamps filled with every imaginable, or represented by different kinds of dreadful torments.  All in this dreary abode tends to fill the mind with horror; not a word of comfort is heard or a consoling idea admitted; the one tremendous thought, that the justice of an all-powerful God inflicts on the damned nothing but what they have fully deserved is the absorbing tremendous conviction which weighs down each heart. Vice appears in its own grim disgusting colours, being stripped of the mask under which it is hidden in this world, and the infernal viper is seen devouring those who have cherished or fostered it here below.  In a word, Hell is the temple of anguish and despair, while the kingdom of God is the temple of peace and happiness.  This is easy to understand when seen; but it is almost impossible to describe clearly.

    The tremendous explosion of oaths, curses, cries of despair, and frightful exclamations which, like a clap of thunder, burst forth when the gates of Hell were thrown open by the angels, would be difficult even to imagine; our Lord spoke first to the soul of Judas, and the angels compelled all the demons to acknowledge and adore Jesus.  They would have infinitely preferred the most frightful torments to such a humiliation; but all were obliged to submit.  Many were chained down in a circle which was placed round other circles. In the center of Hell I saw dark and horrible-looking abyss, and into this Lucifer was cast, after being strongly secured with chains; thick clouds of sulphurous black smoke arose from its fearful depths, and enveloped his frightful form in the dismal folds, this effectually concealing him from every beholder.  God Himself decreed this; and I was likewise told, if I remember rightly, that he will be unchained for a time fifty or sixty years before the year of Christ 2000.  The dates of many other events were pointed out to me which I do not now remember; but a certain number of demons are to be let loose much earlier than Lucifer, in order to tempt men, and to serve as instruments of the divine vengeance.  I should think that some must be loosened even in the present day, and others will be set free in a short time.

    It would be utterly impossible for me to describe all the things which were shown to me; their number was so great that I could not reduce them sufficiently to order to define and render them intelligible.  Besides which my sufferings are very great, and when I speak on the subject of my visions I behold them in my mind’s eye portrayed in such vivid colors, that the sight is almost sufficient to cause a weak mortal like myself to expire.  

    I next say innumerable bands of redeemed souls liberated from Purgatory and from Limbo, who followed our Lord to a delightful spot situated above the celestial Jerusalem, in which place I, a very short time ago, saw the soul of a person who was very dear to me.  The soul of the good thief was likewise taken there, and the promise of our Lord, ‘This day thou shalt be with me in Paradise,’ was fulfilled.

    It is not in my power to explain the exact time that each of these events occurred, nor can I relate one-half of the things which I saw and heard; for some were incomprehensible even to myself, and others would be misunderstood if I attempted to relate them.  I have seen our Lord in many different places.  Even in the sea he appeared to me to sanctify and deliver everything in creation.  Evil spirits fled at his approach, and cast themselves into the dark abyss.  I likewise beheld his soul in different parts of the earth, first inside the tomb of Adam, under Golgotha; and when he was there the souls of Adam and Eve came up to him, and he spoke to them for some time.  He then visited the tombs of the prophets, who were buried at an immense depth below the surface; but he passed through the soil in the twinkling of an eye.  Their souls immediately re-entered their bodies, and he spoke to them, and explained the most wonderful mysteries.  Next I saw him, accompanied by a chosen band of prophets, among whom I particularly remarked David, visit those parts of the earth which had been sanctified by his miracles and by his sufferings.  He pointed out to them, with the greatest love and goodness, the different symbols in the old law expressive of the future; and he showed them how he himself had fulfilled every prophecy."

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    Descdent into Hell
    « Reply #1 on: January 08, 2015, 10:45:28 PM »
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  • 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;

    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.

    These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings.  There are special tortures destined for particular souls.  These are the torments of the senses.  Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribably 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 sense which he made use of 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.  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 eve more fervently for the conversion of sinners.  I incessanly 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.  

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    « Reply #2 on: January 09, 2015, 10:34:54 AM »
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  • Thanks for posting these articles. I need to be reminded of Hell often throughout every day so I will continue to work towards getting to heaven.
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    « Reply #3 on: January 12, 2015, 10:43:19 PM »
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  • The Children of Fatima See Hell

     

    During her appearance in July, Our Lady, in answer to Lucy's plea, promised that in October she would work a great public miracle so that all might believe and know who she was. Again the Mother of God told the children to sacrifice themselves fo sinners and to say many times, especially when making a sacrifice, this prayer: "O my jesus, I offer this for love of Thee, for the conversion of poor sinners, and in reparation for all the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary."

    As she spoke these words, Our Lady stretched out her hands, and bright rays came forth which seemed to penetrate into the earth. All at once the ground vanished, and the children found themselves standing on the brink of a sea of fire. As they peered into this dreadful place, the terrified youngsters saw huge numbers of devils and damned souls. The devils resembled hideous black animals, each filling the air with despairing shrieks. The damned souls were in their human bodies and seemed to be brown in color, tumbling about constantly in the flames and screaming with terror. All were on fire within and without their bodies, and neither devils nor damned souls seemed able to control their movements. They were tossing about in the flames like fiery coals in a furnace. THere was never an instant's peace or freedom from pain.

    Looking with compassion at the pale and trembling little ones, the vision spoke to them: "You have seen Hell, where the souls of poor sinner go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the orld the devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. "

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    « Reply #4 on: January 20, 2015, 10:48:42 PM »
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  • Demons block the way
    “When the sermon was over, I did not wait for the end of the service, as I was in a hurry to get back home.  When I had taken a few steps, a great multitude of demons blocked my way.  They threatened me with terrible tortures, and voices could be heard:  “She has snatched away everything we have worked for over so many years!”  When I asked them, “Where have you come from in such great numbers?”  the wicked forms answered, “Out of human hearts; stop tormenting us!”  - 418

    Seeing their great hatred for me I immediately asked my Guardian Angel for help, and at once the bright and radiant figure of my Guardian Angel appeared and said to me, “Do not fear, spouse of my Lord; without His permission these spirits will do you no harm.”  Immediately the evil spirits vanished, and the faithful Guardian Angel accompanied me, in a visible manner, right to the very house.  His look was modest and peaceful, and a flame of fire sparkled from his forehead.

    O Jesus, I would like to toil and wear myself out and suffer all my life for that one moment in which I saw Your glory, O Lord, and profit for souls. – 419

    Appearance of Satan
    During the night, a soul I had already seen before visited me.  However, it did not ask for prayer, but reproached me, saying that I used to be very haughty and vain . . . “and now you are interceding for others while you yourself still have certain vices.”  I answered that I indeed had been vain and haughty, but that I had confessed this and had done penance for my stupidity, and that if I still fell occasionally, this was indeliberate and never premeditated, even in the smallest things.  Still, the soul continued to reproach me, saying, “Why are you unwilling to recognize my greatness?  Why do you alone not glorify me for my great deed as all others do?” Then I saw that this was Satan under the assumed appearance of this soul and I said, “Glory is due to God alone; begone Satan!”  And in an instant this soul fell into an abyss, horrible beyond all description.  And I said to the wretched soul that I would tell the whole Church about this.   – 520

    Daily Battle
    My Jesus, despite Your graces, I see and feel all my misery.  I begin my day with battle and end it with battle.  As soon as I conquer one obstacle, ten more appear (69) to take its place.  But I am not worried, because I know that this is the time of struggle, not peace.  When the burden of the battle becomes too much for me, I throw myself like a child into the arms of the heavenly Father and trust I will not perish.  O my Jesus, how prone I am to evil, and this forces me to be constantly vigilant.  But I do not lose heart.  I trust in God’s grace, which abounds in the worst misery.  – 606

    Ready to battle
    (257) Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God.  The love of God makes a soul free.  She is like a queen; she knows no slavish compulsion; she sets about everything with great freedom of soul, because the love which dwells in her incites her to action.  Everything that surrounds her makes her know that only God Himself is worth of her love.  A soul in love with God and immersed in Him approaches her duties with the same dispositions as she does Holy Communion and carries out the simplest tasks with great care, under the loving gaze of God.  She is not troubled if, after some time, something turns out to be less successful.  She remains calm, because at the time of the action she had done what was in her power.  When it happens that the living presence of God, which she enjoys almost constantly, leaves her, she then tries to continue living in lively faith.  Her soul understands that there are periods of rest and periods of battle.  Through her will, she is always with God.  Her soul, like a knight, is well trained in battle; from afar it sees where the foe is hiding and is ready (258) for battle.  She knows she is not alone – God is her strength.   – 890

    Satan’s attack while writing on mercy
    October 11.  This evening, as I was writing about this great mercy of God and its great advantage to souls, Satan rushed into my room with great anger and fury.  He seized the screen and began to break and crush it.  I was a little frightened at first, but I immediately made the sign of the cross with my little crucifix, and the beast fell quiet and disappeared at once.  Today, I did not see this hideous figure but only his anger.  Satan’s anger is terrible, and yet the screen was not shattered or broken, and I went on writing quietly.  I know well that the wretch will not touch me without God’s willing it, but what is he up to?  He is beginning to attack me openly (147) and with such great fury and hate, but he does not disturb my peace for a moment, and this composure of mine makes him furious.  - 713

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