- A horrific eternity of torture and despair -
Taken from Hell
plus How to Avoid Hell by Fr. FX Schouppe, S.J. and Thomas
A. Nelson. (TAN Books & Publishers, Inc.,
A holy priest was exorcizing a demoniac, and he asked the demon what pains
he was suffering in Hell. "An eternal fire," he answered, "an eternal malediction,
an eternal rage, and a frightful despair at being never able to gaze upon Him
who created me." "What would you do to have the happiness of seeing God?" "To
see Him but for one moment, I should willingly consent to endure my torments
for 10,000 years. But vain desires! I shall suffer forever and never see Him!"
On a like occasion, the exorcist inquired of the demon what was his greatest
pain in Hell. He replied with an accent of indescribable despair: "Always, always!
Unhappy sinners who are lulled to rest by the illusions of the world and who
live as if there were no Hell will be suddenly stripped of their illusions by
the most frightful of catastrophes. From the midst of their pleasures they shall
fall into the Pit of Torments.
They who deny Hell will be forced to admit it soon; but alas! it will be too
late. Father Nieremberg, in his work "The Difference between Time and Eternity",
speaks of an unfortunate sinner, who, as the result of his evil ways, had lost
the Faith. His virtuous wife exhorted him to return to God and reminded him
of Hell, but he would answer obstinately: "There is no Hell." One day his wife
found him dead, and strange circumstance, he held in his hand a mysterious paper
on which in large characters was traced this terrifying avowal: "I now know
that there is a Hell!"
Mgr. de Segur relates a second fact, whicih he regards as alike free from doubt.
He had learned it in 1859, of a most honorable priest and superior of an important
community. This priest had the particulars of it from a near relation of the
lady to whom it had happened. At that time, Christmas Day, 1859, this person
was still living and little over forty years.
She chanced to be in London in the winter of 1847-1848. She was a widow, about
twenty nine years old, quite rich and worldly. Among the gallants who frequented
her salon, there was noticed a young lord, whose attentions compromised her
extremely and whose conduct, besides, was anything but edifying!
One evening, or rather one night, for it was close upon midnight, she was reading
in her bed some novel, coaxing sleep. One o'clock struck by the clock; she blew
out her taper. She was about to fall asleep when, to her great astonishment,
she noticed that a strange, wan glimmer of light, which seemed to come from
the door of the drawing-room, spread by degrees into her chamber, and increased
momentarily. Stupified at first and not knowing what this meant, she began to
get alarmed, when she saw the drawing-room door slowly open and the young
lord, the partner of her disorders, enter the room. Before she had time to say
a single word, he seized her by the left wrist, and with a hissing voice, syllabled
to her in English: "There is a Hell!" The pain she felt in her arm
was so great that she lost her senses.
When, half an hour after, she came to again, she rang for her chambermaid.
The latter, on entering, noticed a keen smell of burning. Approaching
her mistress, who could hardly speak, she noticed on her wrist so deep a burn
that the bone was laid bare and the flesh almost consumed; this burn was the
size of a man's hand. Moreover, she remarked that, from the door of the salon
to the bed, and from the bed to that same door, the carpet bore the imprint
of a man's steps, which had burned through the stuff. By the directions of her
mistress, she opened the drawing-room door; there, more traces were seen on
the carpet outside.
The following day, the unhappy lady learned, with a terror easy to be divined,
that on the very night, about one o'clock in the morning, her lord had been
found dead-drunk under the table, that his servants had carried him to his room,
and that there he had died in their arms.
There would not be one who should be so crazy as to accept
this bargain: During the year, you may yield to all your passions, gratify
all your whims, on the condition of spending one day, only one day, or
even one hour, in fire. I repeat, not a single person would accept the
bargain. Will you have a proof of it? Listen to the history of the three sons
of an old usurer:
A father of a family who grew rich only by doing wrongs had fallen
dangerously ill. He knew that the final stages of death had already set in,
and nevertheless he could not decide to make restitution. "If
I make restitution," he said, "what will become of my children?"
His confessor, a man of sagacity, had recourse to a singular strategem
to save this poor soul. He told him that if he wished to be cured, he was about
to give him an extremely simple, but costly remedy. "Should it cost a thousand,
two thousand, even ten thousand francs, what odds?" answered the
old man briskly. "What is it?" "It consists in pouring the melted
fat of a living person on the dying parts. It does not need much. If you find
anyone willing, for ten thousand francs, to suffer one hand to be burned
for less than a quarter of an hour, that will be enough."
"Alas!" said the poor man, sighing, "I am very
much afraid I can find no such person." "I will help you," said
the priest quietly. "Summon your eldest son; he loves you; he is to be
your heir; say to him, 'My dear son, you can save your old father's life if
you consent to allow one hand to be burned only for a small quarter of an hour.'
If he refuses, make the proposal to the second, pledging yourself to make him
your heir at the expense of his elder brother. If he refuses in this turn, the
third will no doubt accept."
The proposition was made successively to the three brothers, who,
one after the other, rejected it with a shudder. Then the father said
to them: "What! To save my life, an instant's pain alarms you? And I, to
procure your comfort, would go to Hell - to be burned eternally! Indeed, I should
be quite mad." And he hastened to restore all he owed without regard to
what should become of his children. He was quite right, and so were his three
sons. To suffer a hand to be burned, a short quarter of an hour, even to save
a father's life, is a sacrifice above human strength.
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- Details of The Good Thief - Learn about his life with a gang of brigands, how he helped the
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