Evil—Part 4: Hell
                                Evil—Part 4:  Hell                  
EVIL
with
Satan, the Devil,
His Demons and Evil Spirits,
Hell
&
The Protection and Victory
(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)
From
The Words of God the Father,
The Lessons of Our Lord Jesus Christ
&
The Messages of Our Lady of Emmitsburg
 
And both
 
Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church

 

 

Evil—Part 4:  Hell

Hell (or less)

“Hell does exist!

“Everyone needs to know that the devil is trying to tempt, to distract, to confuse and to destroy anything that is of God.”  (Private Our Lady of Emmitsburg,  Oct. 12, 2005)

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

(2004)

Hell

1033    We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbor or against ourselves: He who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. Our Lord warns us that we shall be separated from him if we fail to meet the serious needs of the poor and the little ones who are his brethren. To die in mortal sin without repenting and accepting God’s merciful love means remaining separated from him for ever by our own free choice. This state of definitive self-exclusion from communion with God and the blessed is called “hell.”

1034   Jesus often speaks of “Gehenna,” of “the unquenchable fire” reserved for those who to the end of their lives refuse to believe and be converted, where both soul and body can be lost.  Jesus solemnly proclaims that he “will send his angels, and they will gather... all evil doers, and throw them into the furnace of fire,” and that he will pronounce the condemnation: “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire!”

1035   The teaching of the Church affirms the existence of hell and its eternity. Immediately after death the souls of those who die in a state of mortal sin descend into hell, where they suffer the punishments of hell, “eternal fire.” The chief punishment of hell is eternal separation from God, in whom alone man can possess the life and happiness for which he was created and for which he longs.

1036    The affirmations of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Church on the subject of hell are a call to the responsibility incumbent upon man to make use of his freedom in view of his eternal destiny. They are at the same time an urgent call to conversion:  Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.

Since we know neither the day nor the hour, we should follow the advice of the Lord and watch constantly so that, when the single course of our earthly life is completed, we may merit to enter with him into the marriage feast and be numbered among the blessed, and not, like the wicked and slothful servants, be ordered to depart into the eternal fire, into the outer darkness where men will weep and gnash their teeth.

1037    God predestines no one to go to hell;  for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end. In the Eucharistic liturgy and in the daily prayers of her faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.

The Last Judgment

1038    The resurrection of all the dead, of both the just and the unjust, will precede the Last Judgment. This will be the hour when all who are in the tombs will hear [the Son of man’s] voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.  Then Christ will come in his glory, and all the angels with him.... Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will place the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.... And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

1039   In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare.  The Last Judgment will reveal even to its furthest consequences the good each person has done or failed to do during his earthly life….

1040    The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory. Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he determines the moment of its coming. Then through his Son Jesus Christ he will pronounce the final word on all history.…The Last Judgment will reveal that God’s justice triumphs over all the injustices committed by his creatures and that God’s love is stronger than death.

1041          The message of the Last Judgment calls men to conversion while God is still giving them the acceptable time,...the day of salvation. It inspires a holy fear of God and commits them to the justice of the Kingdom of God. It proclaims the blessed hope of the Lord’s return, when he will come to be glorified in his saints, and to be marvelled at in all who have believed.

Eternal Life or Death?

“…Even if they could dig down into the netherworld,
my hand would pull them up from there.
Even if they could climb up to heaven,
I would drag them down from there….”

(Amos 9:2)

 

God the Father in His Words to the world through Gianna Sullivan emphasizes the importance of the time in which we are living.  Throughout salvation history, humanity at times has been both faithful and unfaithful to God, both victorious and defeated in its worldly efforts.  Freedom—true freedom for eternity—has been the prize, but only God will witness man’s final disposition based on the ultimate Truth.  Our Lord in His Lessons further explains that it will be man himself who actually judges himself based on the effects of his own sinful practices.  So many will be unable to realize the greatness of God’s Mercy because they have been blinded by the effects of their own sin and the truth of its effects.

 

Sin; Reject God’s Mercy; Choose Hell

“…For if God did not spare the angels when they sinned,

but condemned them to the torments of hell

and handed them over to be kept for judgment…;

then the Lord knows

how to…keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment,

and especially those who follow the flesh with its depraved desire

and show contempt for lordship….”  

(2Pet 2: 4, 9-10)

 

 

God the Father speaks:

 “…The time of great importance is here!  Throughout the centuries I have led my people through trials, tribulations and persecutions.  They have been victorious in war and have been defeated through lack of response and prayer or through disobedience….In the days of old, the good and the bad fought and killed.  Who won?  Life went to dust.  The souls went to eternity (heaven or hell).  The opportunity—freedom—was based on free will and faithfulness to Me….Only I weight out the ultimate Truth….”  (GTF,  Aug 8, 2008)

 

Our Lord speaks:

“…Those who do not pay heed to My words of Love and Mercy are deprived of life because they live to sin….Those who judge falsely, however, will live in their own torment, for in the end, they will falsely judge their own practices.  They will be in misery for they will not allow My Mercy to dwell in them.  They will judge their sin to be greater than My Mercy and will therefore be eternally tormented….Know the truth from the deadly effects of sin.  To you, my beloved ones, who strive to live in My Humility, Love and Mercy, be not afraid!  Your torments will result in your crown of glory which I will share with you.  All you who are scandalized, take courage and with your staff (walking stick) in hand, valiantly conquer the evil of envy with love and perseverance in Truth.  I am with you always and My Kingdom is yours….”  (JOM, Vol V, #10, Mar. 26, 1995, Poisonous Venoms or Refreshing Waters)

 

Hell:  The Admission Criteria
”…For my soul is filled with evils:

and my life has drawn near to hell….”

 

In our modern, secular world where for many sin is seldom a concern, where hell is often rationalized out of our consciousness by the cultural norms of the day, and where words about both sin and hell are rarely heard even from the pulpit, it is no wonder that self-proclaimed “Christians” would be more accurately described as “practical atheists.”  It is in this environment that Our Lady of Emmitsburg minces no words about God’s Plan and the existence of hell and its “admission criteria”:

“I tell you, little children, that hell does exist!  Do not be deceived to think you can have God dwell within you without prayer.  Satan’s influence is strong.  You must pray.  To know God and to have an intimate relationship with Him, you must carry Him within your souls through His grace.  Hell is a burning furnace where souls choose to go because they ignore or despise God’s merciful grace.  If you think you must be wicked in deeds alone to enter hell, you are quite wrong….If your life is exempt from prayer, you are cultivating an environment in which at the hour of your death, you will be forced to understand how you refused God’s grace.  You will receive the knowledge of Truth, and your own judgment becomes final when you reject God’s Mercy and you choose to live in hell.  To see God, you must remain in the state of grace….I am your Mother who desires to awake you from the darkness of the world.  The greatest sorrow any soul can suffer is the torture that results to those souls who go to hell with the knowledge that they will never see God….Do not be submerged in ignorance, but absorb the knowledge of God’s Truth….”  (Public OLOE, Nov. 18, 1999)

There are accounts of visions of hell from many saints and mystics throughout the history of the Church, and these make up a body of private revelation.  A most notable description of hell revealed to her by God is found in the diary entry in late October, 1936, of St. Faustina Kowalska, a peasant Polish nun who was chosen by Our Lord to be His Apostle of Divine Mercy. She describes what she saw:

“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 their sufferings.  There are special tortures destined for particular souls.  These are the torments of the senses.  Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable 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 senses which he made use of to 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 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; bit 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 even more fervently for the conversion of sinners.  I incessantly 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.”  (Diary of St. Faustina, 741)

            Our Lady of Emmitsburg continues:

“…God has a plan.  As we move forward in this new era in which my Immaculate Heart shall reign, there is tremendous sorrow to be unveiled.  In this unveiling of sorrow will be freedom.  Whether you live or die, as I have mentioned before to many souls, it will be till your last breath that you will be able to decide for God.  If people think there is no hell, then they will learn that ‘there is.’  God must do this because there are many who suffer, who desire to be free, many who have suffered for those who have harmed others.  Now it is time to separate and gather the wheat.  The sheep and the goat shall be separated.  Not all shall live.  Not all shall die.  If but one person lives to proclaim God’s glory, then justice has prevailed….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 29, 2003)

“Stand firm and be steadfast!  Avoid sin.  Vanity, pride, worldly carnal desires and the renunciation of God are all sin, sin that surely takes you on the path to hell….Watch the words that come from your mouth.  Live what you say.  At all costs, your speech must be kind and your actions must speak your words….

“.…God seeks holiness for you….Even with the depth of your sin and even until your last breath, you can ask for forgiveness because God is merciful.  But if you do not repent and reform your lives and return to God, your sin is like worms devouring you, like excrement so undesirable and horrific.…

Put away all harsh words and judgments, belittling commentaries, calumny and slander.  Remember, the walk you walk is one that you walk alone.  No matter who is around you now, the time will come when you will see your Creator face to face.  There are so many gifts waiting you, but sin must be removed….”  (Public OLOE, Mar. ,5, 2006)

 

The Walk and the Test
”…For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evils, for Thou art with me.

Thy rod and Thy staff, they have comforted me….”

(Ps 22:4)

 

“Already in the world there are too many people who no longer believe.  The apostasy is at hand.  People of various religions no longer even believe in God; and then what happens to their children?  They do not know God….

“…I have said that 80% of the world are not walking with God.  So when the least bit of turmoil unfolds, you cannot become confused or have self-pity....Your ‘yes’ must be a ‘yes,’ and your ‘no,’ a ‘no.’ But indifference is the gateway to hell; and trust me, children, hell does exist!  The martyrs shed their blood in the Name of Christ for your salvation, and in this world perhaps more blood may be shed for the world’s salvation….

“…So stand firm and believe….You will see how, when you thought things were bad, you endured and persevered; and through your fidelity and loyalty, change is happening.  You have been purged and tested in the fire by God the Father.  So rejoice and be glad, and live with joyful anticipation!  Otherwise, you too will just become lost and confused and will not see this most important event to unfold, because you have lost your focus.”  (Private OLOE, Aug 15, 2010)

“…For in fire gold is tested,

and worthy men in a crucible of humiliation….”

(Sir 2:5)

 

 

This is Real!
”…But thou, our God, art gracious and true,

Patient and ordering all things in mercy….” 

(Wis 15:1)

 Both as a loving Mother as well as a firm disciplinarian, Our Lady of Emmitsburg provides her children with a reality check.  She points to her Son’s suffering for each of us despite our unworthiness, and warns us not to be distracted by the devil’s attempts to direct our focus on that unworthiness:

 

God is real, children.  Heaven is real.  Hell is real, and Satan is real.  You would be wise to pay attention, and vigilance should be a way of life for you.  If those who are chosen by God receive words from Heaven and accept them one day and yet pass them off the next, what do you think those who do not love God and who are indifferent will do?  

His pain is already there; your pain could begin.  The key is confidence and filial trust in God’s Love; and it’s time now to separate yourself out and walk into the Light of God so that others may follow you…” (Private OLOE, Aug. 18, 2009)

 “…You will do well to ponder the Passion and Death of My Son.  Even the last thought of My Son’s agony on the Cross for your salvation will submerge you into His Most Sacred Heart.  His Holy Cross and Death delivered you from the darkness of death.  Venerate His Holy Cross, even in your unworthiness, and you will be delivered from hell; for Jesus is your Savior and He is merciful.  He was sacrificed and endured the insults, scourges, spittle and sacred pains for you.  Come to Jesus Who was dejected and betrayed….He awaits you to dress His wounds with your love.  Do not allow the devil to frighten you by presenting to you the sins of your youth….”  (Public OLOE, Aug. 26, 1999)

Our Lady of Emmitsburg has made a strong link  in her apparitions and prophesies here at the Center of her Immaculate Heart with those in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917.  Near the beginning of the 20th century, when the world was in a state of suffering, war and chaos, she revealed to the three peasant children in Fatima the existence of hell and its appearance.  So too has she consistently affirmed that reality here in Emmitsburg and in other places around the world.  The relevance of that has always been great for every sinner, but never so critical as in these end times with the sheer magnitude of the earth’s population, its sins and its blasphemous rejection of God.  Yet, there is still time to love and to unify—specifically, that is all there is time for!  In this way we can all return home to God and keep Him as the treasure of our hearts:

“…On this day I told my little children of Fatima; yes, I told them about hell.  It does exist, little ones.  However, it is my plan for all of humanity to dwell with God.  He is the Light.  You will always be happy when you follow His Will.  No matter what the tribulation, you will always be at peace, interiorly; and you will be happy, joyful little children….”  (Private OLOE, July 13, 2004, given to Gianna in Fatima)

“…The signs of the times have revealed that the end of an era is truly sooner than you think.  You can tell by what has been unfolding in the world….You have been taught to wear the armor of God….There is no longer time to be distracted by anything.  All there is time for is to love and to unify; and in your actions of love, people will see the Truth.  Truth is so important because within my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart all things will be made new, for they will be made new within my Son….”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 29, 2009)

“…What is important is what you do in your life now, and how you behave and love God.  Even if you have faults and even though you sin, you can reconcile and give back to God.  When you love with all your heart, you can live a life as you were created to live, as long as you keep Him at the center of your heart where your treasure lies….”  (Private OLOE, Sept. 29, 2009)

”…For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also….”

 

Just North of Hell:

 

Purgatory

Latin: purgare, to cleanse. In ecclesiastical language, the state or the abode of temporary punishment for those souls, who having died in the state of grace, are not entirely free from venial sins or have not yet fully paid the satisfaction due to their transgressions. It is not a state of positive growth in goodness and in merit, but of purification effected by suffering....The chief suffering consists in being deprived of the Beatific Vision. Besides this, there is the additional punishment, which according to the common belief of the Western Church, consists in real fire. Souls in Purgatory are certain of their salvation, and are confirmed in good, hence can no longer sin. Since they love God perfectly, they bear their sufferings with resignation. This love of God and resignation to His Holy Will is believed to lessen and mitigate the severest sufferings of Purgatory…. Belief in Purgatory fosters piety. It deters man from venial sin, begets a spirit of penance, gives him occasion to practice charity to the dead, and awakens salutary thoughts of the life to come. (Online New Catholic Dictionary)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Final Purification, or Purgatory

1030    All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

1031    The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned….The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire.

As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire. He who is truth says that whoever utters blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will be pardoned neither in this age nor in the age to come. From this sentence we understand that certain offenses can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come.

1032    This teaching is also based on the practice of prayer for the dead, already mentioned in Sacred Scripture: “Therefore [Judas Maccabeus] made atonement for the dead, that they might be delivered from their sin.”  From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice, so that, thus purified, they may attain the beatific vision of God....

If  I’m not Ready….

“…For it he were not expecting the fallen to rise again,

it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death….

Thus he made atonement for the dead

that they might be freed from this sin….”

(2Mac 12:44-46)

 

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The punishments of sin

1472    To understand this doctrine and practice of the Church, it is necessary to understand that sin has a double consequence. Grave sin deprives us of communion with God and therefore makes us incapable of eternal life, the privation of which is called the “eternal punishment” of sin. On the other hand every sin, even venial, entails an unhealthy attachment to creatures, which must be purified either here on earth, or after death in the state called Purgatory. This purification frees one from what is called the “temporal punishment” of sin. These two punishments must not be conceived of as a kind of vengeance inflicted by God from without, but as following from the very nature of sin. A conversion which proceeds from a fervent charity can attain the complete purification of the sinner in such a way that no punishment would remain.

1473    The forgiveness of sin and restoration of communion with God entail the remission of the eternal punishment of sin, but temporal punishment of sin remains. While patiently bearing sufferings and trials of all kinds and, when the day comes, serenely facing death, the Christian must strive to accept this temporal punishment of sin as a grace. He should strive by works of mercy and charity, as well as by prayer and the various practices of penance, to put off completely the “old man” and to put on the “new man.”

 

“There is a Place”

“…Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. 

Cleanse , you sinners, and purify your hearts, you of two minds….

Humble yourself before the Lord and He will exalt you….” 

(Ja 4:8-19)

 

Most of humanity seem to care little about whether there is a Hell, or for some, even whether there is a Heaven.  They appear to seek to live in the present moment, not for the glory of God and His Will for them, but for the momentary human success or pleasure of that specific time.  Moreover, even more would have no concept of a state of purification after death—Purgatory—a place for those who have died in the state of grace; but as judged by their Creator, were not yet ready and pure so as to be able to see Him face to face.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg, however, not only affirms the presence of these places, but goes on to affirm that their existence is in no way dependent on the belief of such by anyone, no matter of what faith: 

 

“…When a person dies, his/her soul goes to God.  If a person lives with the grace of God, that soul is with God forever!  If a person denies God’s Love and does not accept His graces, then an alternative path is chosen for that soul.  There is a Heaven; there is a Hell; and there is a place where a soul is purged to become beautiful, to then be with God forever….”    (Private OLOE, Sept. 29, 2009)

“…I want all the children of the world to know that this is not a game!  How real the scenario now is!  How much prayer is yet needed.  I invite all my children not only to return to God, but to pray and do penances for those who can no longer pray and do their own penances.  All is for the greater honor and glory of God!”  (Private OLOE, Oct. 12, 2005)

 

“…There are many people of different religions and different faiths whom God loves and cherishes.  This is the One Faith, built upon the sacrificial offering of the Mass, through which souls are released into His Kingdom of Heaven where they abide in tremendous glory at different levels.  Whether you believe what my Son’s Church teaches you, or whether you believe what other peoples and faiths believe, I can tell you that there is a place; and this is a place where people must be purged so that they can see God face to face.  Regardless of what they believe, you can pray for all of them; and they are released when you pray for them.. Make it a daily offering, as you do for your own protection against evil spirits in the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel….”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 13, 2003)

“…There are so many priests today who suffer in purgatory because of their lack of prayer and laxity in teaching the humble and true ways of God.  All should bow in humility to my Son and desire to grow less, so that He can grow more in the hearts of humanity….”  (Private OLOE, Aug. 30, 2004)

 

Conversion

“…In your distress, when all these things shall have come upon you,

you shall finally return to the Lord, your God,

and heed His voice….”

(Deut 4:30)

Catechism of the Catholic Church
The Conversion of the Baptized

1427    Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”  In the Church’s preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism.  that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life.

1428    Christ’s call to conversion continues to resound in the lives of Christians. This second conversion is an uninterrupted task for the whole Church who, clasping sinners to her bosom, is at once holy and always in need of purification, and follows constantly the path of penance and renewal.  This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work. It is the movement of a “contrite heart,” drawn and moved by grace to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first.

Interior Penance

1430    Jesus’ call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, sackcloth and ashes, fasting and mortification, but at the conversion of the heart, interior conversion. Without this, such penances remain sterile and false….

1431    Interior repentance is a radical reorientation of our whole life, a return, a conversion to God with all our heart, an end of sin, a turning away from evil, with repugnance toward the evil actions we have committed. At the same time it entails the desire and resolution to change one’s life, with hope in God’s mercy and trust in the help of his grace….

 

1432    The human heart is heavy and hardened. God must give man a new heart.  Conversion is first of all a work of the grace of God who makes our hearts return to him: “Restore us to thyself, O LORD, that we may be restored!” God gives us the strength to begin anew. It is in discovering the greatness of God’s love that our heart is shaken by the horror and weight of sin and begins to fear offending God by sin and being separated from him. The human heart is converted by looking upon him whom our sins have pierced….

 

“…My Father is the vine grower.

He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit;

and everyone that does, He prunes so that it bears more fruit…”

(Jn 15:2)

 

Conversion is a turning from a state of sin to repentance, from a lax to a fervent way of life, from unbelief to faith.  (Catholic Online Dictionary) In His Lessons Our Lord also speaks about conversion as being a slow and silent process, a walk that only God sees, but that also involves those around us.  He further explains:

 

“…It is difficult, at first, to walk with Me because I take you through the fog and the mud to the green pastures.  My people have difficulty because they think that their walk with Me will be as they have it mapped out in their minds….I tell you, that after their journey of conversion and because I have taken them through the fog and mud, they will understand that this is conversion!”  (JOM, Vol II, #25, Dec. 10, 1989, Conversion)

 

“…Know that as sinners convert, the more will loving grace and tender words and loving actions from My people assist them in conversion.  This type of loving grace makes the sinners weep and encourages them in their journey.…It is through love that the sinner repents….It is a journey one must take alone to fully embrace the intimacy of My Eternal Father….” (JOM Vol II,  Dec. 31, 1989, Conversion, A Slow Process)

 

Just as it gives God great glory when a sinner, by an act of free will, chooses God over sin, it must cause Our Lord great sorrow when sinners fail to open their hearts and minds to these graces of conversion.  He goes on to say:

“…I came to save the sinner, but My people think they have not sinned and do not need God….What state could be more sinful?...This carelessness will result in their own judgment in due season.  If they will not heed My Word and allow My Mercy to change their strong (stubborn) hearts to repentant hearts, (then) their own judgment standards will toss them into the abyss of eternal flames which will consume their souls in everlasting agony and misery….”  (JOM, Vol II, Mar. 18, 1995, The Idolatry of Self)

 

Just as Our Lady never fails to point to her Son, so too Our Lord never fails to point to His Heavenly Father.  His entire mission is one of obedience to the Father:

 

“My Father has so much to give….Yet few seek Him and few desire to have a truly personal relationship with Him because they keep their distance from Me.  There is nothing that God will not forgive in His merciful Love when a repentant heart asks for His Mercy and forgives himself….”   (JOM, Vol V, Sept. 12, 1995, The Path to the Father)  “…Just as Nineveh (Jonas 3) was spared, so too can the world in which you live be spared.  Love and Mercy are key elements and virtues of the Truth….It is so necessary that My people return to Me soon before it becomes any more difficult to change.  The longer My people delay, the colder the heart becomes, more and more like stone…..”  (JOM, Vol V, Nov. 11, 1995, Return to God)

 

How Can “We” Help?

“…And we know that to them that love God,

all things work together unto good,…according to his purpose,

are called to be saints….”

(Rom 8:28)

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg in communion with Her Church expands on the “We” as she shares God’s Divine Plan for all humanity:

“…When a soul goes to Heaven, how glorious it is!  When that soul rises up to God, joins God in communion with all the angels and saints and with all the poor souls (in purgatory) to pray for those on earth, joining their prayers with those of my most Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus, how glorious it is!  This is the Divine Plan of God’s Will as it unfolds….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 6, 2004)  “How much the angels and saints rejoice over those who give their lives to God!”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 5, 2005) “There are many saints who intercede for you and who pray for your children.  Know that you are all under the protection of the saints in heaven.” (Private OLOE, Feb. 6, 2010)  “Pray in holy union with all the angels and saints in thanksgiving for my Son’s Life that He gave for you.”  (Private OLOE, April 4. 2004)

Catechism of the Catholic Church

In the Communion of Saints

1475    In the communion of saints, a perennial link of charity exists between the faithful who have already reached their heavenly home, those who are expiating their sins in purgatory and those who are still pilgrims on earth. Between them there is, too, an abundant exchange of all good things.  In this wonderful exchange, the holiness of one profits others, well beyond the harm that the sin of one could cause others. Thus recourse to the communion of saints lets the contrite sinner be more promptly and efficaciously purified of the punishments for sin.

1476    We also call these spiritual goods of the communion of saints the Church’s treasury, which is not the sum total of the material goods which have accumulated during the course of the centuries. On the contrary the ‘treasury of the Church’ is the infinite value, which can never be exhausted, which Christ’s merits have before God. They were offered so that the whole of mankind could be set free from sin and attain communion with the Father. In Christ, the Redeemer himself, the satisfactions and merits of his Redemption exist and find their efficacy.

1477    This treasury includes as well the prayers and good works of the Blessed Virgin Mary. They are truly immense, unfathomable, and even pristine in their value before God. In the treasury, too, are the prayers and good works of all the saints, all those who have followed in the footsteps of Christ the Lord and by his grace have made their lives holy and carried out the mission the Father entrusted to them. In this way they attained their own salvation and at the same time cooperated in saving their brothers in the unity of the Mystical Body.

 

Our Lady of Emmitsburg speaks to her children about the power of their prayer to deliver souls through the Mass, the power of Love, the battle both here on earth and in purgatory, and the rejoicing in Heaven among the angels and saints when we all work together to bring souls home to the Father:

“Little ones, pray with all your hearts for the souls in purgatory; because, my little ones, they pray for you.  They are waiting for your prayers for them.  Pray with all your hearts because they are amongst you.  You can deliver them through the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  They will unite with you for the greater glory of God so that they can see God face to face, just as you too desire to see Him one day face to face….”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 13, 2003)

“…How wonderful it is to love and to be loved!  This allows you to pray for those who hurt you and those who speak negatively and do harm to others.  This cancels out a multitude of sins, releases many from purgatory, and prevents many from going to the depths of hell….”  (Private OLOE, Nov. 21, 2009)

“…You have been through a battle, a battle that has lasted a very long time according to your standards.  Even though the battle of the souls in purgatory continues, a battle equal to your suffering, yet their suffering is not extinguished.  However, the length of their time of suffering is nothing compared to their time in glory with God.  The length of your time of suffering is nothing compared to the length of time of suffering of the souls in purgatory….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 2, 2003)

“…Moreover, through your struggles and tribulations, you have remained committed; and in remaining committed, not only do you free souls from Purgatory and those held in bondage, but you also allow the Angels and Saints to rejoice in Heaven….Through all the good works that every person on earth is invited to accomplish, each of you can make up for those who are indifferent and who are lacking, lacking not only in their faith, bit in works of charity, of love, of kindness and meekness….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 27, 2005)

Indulgences

In the later Middle Ages, considerable abuses of indulgences were noted, including the unrestricted sale of indulgences, forged documents declaring indulgences, and even the promise of forgiveness and salvation through the indulgences.  These practices contributed to the Protestant Reformation.  Various Popes tried to reign in these abuses over the centuries, and then through his  Papal bull, Indulgentiarum Doctrina, in 1967, Pope Paul VI revised the practical application of the traditional doctrine on indulgences.

On two occasions, one being on Divine Mercy Sunday in 2004, and the other on Christmas Eve in 2009, Our Lady of Emmitsburg herself spoke of the benefits of Indulgences: 

“…I give to you not only the indulgence from my Son, passed on to you through my most beloved Pope; but I give also to you a new beginning, a beginning that rests within the freedom, the graciousness and the wholeness of being a child of God….”  (Private OLOE, April 18, 2004, Divine Mercy Sunday)

“…Please receive the blessing of the omnipotence of God’s Life and rejoice!  Because this is a great day where souls are released from the fires of purgation and you yourself have been indulgenced through your specific prayers….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 24, 2009, Christmas Eve)

 
Catechism of the Catholic Church
Indulgences

1471    The doctrine and practice of indulgences in the Church are closely linked to the effects of the sacrament of Penance.

What is an indulgence?

An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.

An indulgence is partial or plenary according as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin.   The faithful can gain indulgences for themselves or apply them to the dead.

 

Obtaining indulgence from God through the Church

1478    An indulgence is obtained through the Church who, by virtue of the power of binding and loosing granted her by Christ Jesus, intervenes in favor of individual Christians and opens for them the treasury of the merits of Christ and the saints to obtain from the Father of mercies the remission of the temporal punishments due for their sins. Thus the Church does not want simply to come to the aid of these Christians, but also to spur them to works of devotion, penance, and charity.

1479    Since the faithful departed now being purified are also members of the same communion of saints, one way we can help them is to obtain indulgences for them, so that the temporal punishments due for their sins may be remitted.

 

“Eternal Father, I offer you the Most Precious Blood of Jesus

in atonement for my sins and in supplication for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.  I love you.  Help me now!”

(Our Lady of Emmitsburg, March 20, 2010)

 

How God Responds

”…Wait on God with patience: join thyself to God,

and endure, that thy life may be increased in the latter end….” 

(Sirach 2:3)


 

Whether it be here on earth or in purgatory after death, before we can see God face to face, we must be purged and purified.  We must repent, make reparation and atonement, and reconcile with our Creator.  This can be accomplished with our prayers, sacrifices and penances, our almsgiving, and through the prayers of others while we are still alive on earth; or through the prayers of others and our own suffering after we die.  Church Tradition honors its dedication to the Poor Souls in Purgatory through special devotions during the month of November; and Our Lady of Emmitsburg on at least two occasions spoke of the special graces offered to those souls on Christmas Eve:

 “…Thank you for sharing your Joy this evening with me on this very special night of the coming of your Savior.  Peace to you!  I love you, and I take all of your petitions, especially as I rejoice with you for the thousands and thousands of souls in purgatory who will join God this evening….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 24, 2005, Christmas Eve)

 “…My Son, your newborn King, has given Himself so that all could be free and not suffer.  Even though there is suffering in the world, He desires to free you and for you to be happy.  He is your King, and on this special night of grace, so many souls are released from Purgatory and meet God face to face.  They are now in eternity with the eternal bliss of the Triune God….”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 24, 2008, Christmas Eve)

“…We shall also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom we have now received the atonement….”

(Rom: 5:11)

 

“…When good things happen, all praise and thanksgiving should be given to God immediately.  When other events happen that are not so good, then the topic should be that of imploring God’s intercession, pleading for His Mercy, trusting in His infinite goodness, and thanking God the Father, and presenting Him the Precious Blood of Jesus in atonement of your sins and for the souls in Purgatory.  This would blanket you with tremendous protection….”   (Private OLOE, Feb. 6, 2010)

“…I am amongst all of you, and God has allowed me in a special way to come here, to the Center of my Immaculate Heart, to thank God the Father through the Precious Blood of my Son Jesus for the atonement of all of your sins and for the sins of those in purgatory; and I come to be a refuge for all children, those who are childlike, and those who are truly young of age….”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 7, 2010)

“…Live your life for my Son.  Live your life and be free in His Love now, so that you will see Him face to face in your new life in Heaven without suffering the pains of purgatory….” (Private OLOE, Nov. 6, 2004)

“…But now that you have been freed from sin

and have become slaves of God,

the benefit that you have leads to sanctification,

and its end is eternal life….”

(Rom 6:22)

 

 

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