Visions of hell-A A +A
By Dr. Bob Ocio
Isyo ug Servicio
Sunday, March 23, 2014
IS HELL for Real?
Many people believe that hell does not exist. Many more believe it might exist, but they don’t think about it. Here is an account of the testimonies of three children who said they have received the messages of the Blessed Mother and have shown them visions of hell and the means to avoid into being condemned into that lake of fire.
"The Message assures us that Hell is a fact, and that the souls of poor sinners end up there." Sister Lucia, one of those children who later became a Carmelite nun said in 1992. Hell is a reality… Continue to preach about Hell, for Our Lord Himself spoke of Hell and it is in the Holy Scriptures. God condemns no one to Hell. People condemn themselves to Hell. God has given mankind the freedom of choice, and He respects this human freedom.
If indeed, Hell is real and we believe it exists, it should be worth a preaching, discussion, reflection and constant course of action about how we as individuals, family members and a community of men and women can avoid such a condemnation of our own selves.
The Message of Our Lady of Fatima
In “The Message of Our Lady of Fatima” (Selections) (Fatima, Portugal, 1917) by Dom Augustine Marie, OSB Edited and Notes by Br Sean, OSS it reads:
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.” Our Lady gravely said, "Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, 'O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Visions of Hell
On July 13, 1917, the Blessed Virgin unveiled a terrifying reality before the three children's eyes. Lucia recounts: "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 this conflagration in clouds of smoke, lifted by flames coming out of their bodies. They rose and fell on all sides, like sparks in roaring fires, without weight or direction, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair that terrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. This vision lasted but a moment, thanks to our good Mother from Heaven who had warned us beforehand, and promised to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of horror and fear.”
How souls may be saved
Then we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said with kindness and sadness: “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. If people do what I am going to tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.” Our Lady further said, "Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them." (Fatima in Lucia's Own Words) One more proof of the existence of Hell arouses disputes. Sister Lucia wrote, a few years before her death on February 13. There is no shortage of unbelievers in the world who deny these truths, but they are no less true for being denied. Their disbelief does not save unbelievers from the horrors of Hell, should a life of sin lead them there.
Preaching about Hell
In 1992, Lucia, who had been a Carmelite in Coimbra, Portugal since 1948, told a Cardinal who had come to visit her, "Hell is a reality… Continue to preach about Hell, for Our Lord Himself spoke of Hell and it is in the Holy Scriptures. God condemns no one to Hell. People condemn themselves to Hell. God has given mankind the freedom of choice, and He respects this human freedom.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 24, 2014.