Updated: Nov 9
I like to browse the internet and read the things other people are posting. There's no shortage of Catholic blogs for you to read and knowing that, I truly am appreciative that you take the time to read what I'm writing. I do realize that I'm one of the very few who tackle the subjects of The Judgement, Satan and Hell. As I read through other Catholic bloggers, I sometimes fail to understand what they're trying to say. Everything seems to be so laid back and frivolous. There's coking recipes and dating advice. I rarely see anyone tackling the subject of sin. I mean it's literally never mentioned, at least the blogs I've come across. I guess that's why I get so many angry emails. People don't want to think about anything that's uncomfortable. I know I have a very direct way of saying things that can be difficult to think about, but they're issues that need to be recognized and talked about. The subject of going to Hell is not a popular one, but avoiding it may put your soul in jeopardy. The information that I put in this blog should be considered as weapons, necessary weapons needed to win the battle with Satan that we're all up against.
Please understand that I'm not trying to attack what other people are doing. Anyone who's putting information out there about our Lord and trying to draw people to Him gets all of my respect and admiration. However, Catholic teachings are all about how we commit sin and offend God, or at least they should be. It's about learning not to sin through love of God. I say this over and over, Jesus died the most horrific death because of our sins. You and I did this! Look at this picture!!! Doesn't this make you want to cry? Shouldn't it fill you with remorse and sorrow? I know it's a picture from a movie, but if you read the visions of St. Emmerich you'd understand how true to life this really is. That's what this movie is based upon, her visions. And if you sit down and read them all, you'll be blown away. We truly don't know the half of what our loving Lord endured for our salvation.
Someone once told me that Jesus suffered and died for our sins, because of this, we aren't required to make up for any of our sins during our earthly life, Jesus has taken care of that for us. We simply need to be a good person and we'll all go directly to Heaven at death. I asked, "what about the Particular Judgement?" He said, "as long as you've been good, it's not so much a judgement, as it is a welcoming into Heaven." There's only a few times in my life that I've been left literally speechless and this was one of them. Of course I tried to explain that while yes, Jesus did die for us, His death was the price of opening Heaven to us. We're still responsible for our actions and they need to be accounted for.
This person is just an acquaintance but I like him, he's a good guy. Sadly, he's extremely misinformed about what it takes to serve God and ultimately make his way to Heaven. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through to him and we left the conversation as is. This seems to be the thought process in the world today. Either God has been so removed from society that people think they can do whatever they want and there's no one to answer too, or they believe that as long as they're not out killing people, there's not going to be anything to answer for. This is the problem when we don't study our faith. Two thousand years of church teachings will tell you the exact opposite of that. People are listening to the world, not to God. I say that frequently, and every time I do, I get the most hateful responses.
Many seem to rely on their own opinions. What would give anyone the impression that what they think is what God thinks? That seems a bit arrogant. When you hear quotes such as, "souls are falling into Hell daily like snowflakes," that came from The Blessed Mother Herself. That should be a reminder to all of us that we can't just walk blindly through this life, as if there won't be anything to answer for. Yes, God is merciful. Yes, if there is only one breath left in your body and you use it to beg for forgiveness, it'll probably be granted to you. However, we don't know when we're going to die. Will you have an opportunity with your last breath? Will that chance be afforded you, or will your death come in an instance? We just don't know! We must be prepared.
For those who don't believe, there's little that can be done for them. They've essentially chosen their fate. All we can hope is that they'll recognize and respond to God's graces before they die. For those who think they have no need of repentance for their sins, only God can work that one out at their judgement. But for those who understand that repentance and penance are essential to their salvation, I say congratulations on not following the herd.
There's a reason why God is referred to as "The Strict Judge." You will appear before God when you die. You will see every tiny thing you've ever done to offend God and you will have to give an account for it. Convincing yourself otherwise, so you can sleep peacefully or live a life that's pleasing to you, will not change what's going to happen at the moment of your death. The Judgement is real. It's something that we all are going to have to face. Preparation is the key. When we don't prepare for things we usually fail at them. Your Particular Judgement is no different. You must begin preparing to stand before The Strictest of Judges. "It is a fearful thing to fall to fall into the hands of the living God." Hebrews 10:31. Don't dismiss the Judgement as fictitious or take it lightly. The eternal destination of your soul will be decided by this Judgement. You have the opportunity to prepare for it now. Don't make the fatal mistake of passing this opportunity by.
Peace, good and blessings.