Hell, Where the Broad Way Leads
by Stephen Foglein, MS
(Extract from the book
"What Do We Know about our Future: Heaven, Purgatory, Hell.")
The souls of those who die in the condition of personal grievous sin enter Hell.
The greatest success of the Devil in the past few centuries has been to deny himself. Today even some priests deny his existence, thus giving him free hand to seduce mankind. By denying himself, Satan successfully denies the existence of the supernatural above us. If there is no supernatural world, then all those who in the past taught us about Heaven, Hell, Jesus and the saints, were either ignorant, or indeed wanted to sell the opiate to the people in order to make obedient robots for the ruling classes. And yet Hell is specifically mentioned in the Bible fifty times! Jesus mentioned Hell more often than Heaven.
Modern man cannot believe such old ignorant teachers of the past dark ages, such as Jesus and His followers the saints. Those Christians, as Freud stated, were and are hallucinating schizophrenics. We are enlightened now, men of science, and science and technology clearly show our superiority over past ages. The sad fact is that all this is based on ignorance and deliberate false interpretation of some scientific observation about the lowest part of the universe. Even those who believe vaguely in a God, a Creator, say it is incompatible with the goodness of God to allow a place of torture like Hell to exist.
Even Sister Anna Catherine Emmerick (Germany, 18th century) had difficulty with the idea of Hell. She wrote: "Sometimes too I would complain to Almighty God that he had done such or such a thing. I could not understand how He, who is all powerful, could have allowed sin to enter the world; and the endless duration of the torments of Hell seemed to me incompatible with his attribute of mercy. Then I was instructed in visions of the infinite goodness and justice of God, and I was soon convinced that, if things were according to my idea, they would be very miserable." (Life, V. 1, p. 37)
Others like Sister Natalia (Hungary, 20th century) also asked the question of why Hell exists: "Once I cried to Jesus: Why did you create Hell? To answer me, Jesus brought me to the judgment of a very sinful soul, whose sins He forgave. Satan was outraged!
"You are not just! This soul was mine all his life!' He shouted to Jesus. 'This one committed so many sins, while I committed only one, and You still created Hell for me.'
"Jesus then with unbounded love told Satan: 'Lucifer! Did you ever ask Me for forgiveness?' Then Lucifer, seemingly beside himself, shouted: 'That--never! That I will never do!' Then Jesus turned to me, "You see, if he could ask Me for forgiveness only once, Hell would cease to exist." Could we fathom the infinite wisdom of God? Obviously not.
Lucifer does not like any report from Hell
The reason why we have not heard any recent reports from Hell is the same as why Satan is denying himself. This way he can gain more souls. That is why Jacinta (Portugal, 1917) wished that God would show Hell especially to sinners. In these days so much power on earth is in Satan's hands, and his servants are nearly everywhere. Is it any wonder that his wishes are being granted? Once sister Emmerick was visiting Hell, and she reported the following: "I was led once more into the dark regions. Satan there attended me and placed horrible pictures before me. Once I met an insolent devil who said something like the following: 'There was no necessity for your coming down here and seeing everything--now you will go up above, to boast of your trip, and write something about it!' Lucifer does not want humans to believe in Hell. If he exposed Hell, then his kingdom would be divided against itself and would not stand. Jesus said: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation. If Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand?" (Matt. 12:25-26). We are witnesses on earth of how kingdoms are divided and fall; even our society is divided into haves and have-nots, and by color, and turned against each other, in order so that Satan's servants could reap the benefits. There are an incredible number of true stories collected throughout the 2000 year history of the Church about experiences of Hell and Purgatory, much more interesting than the fables of the occult new Age. Many are buried in the basement of monastery libraries, and many have been removed as useless by Modernists, in order that Satan's realm, Hell, may not be exposed.
You have probably heard jokes about preachers of fire and brimstone, as well as prophets of gloom and doom. I remember one of these jokes vividly. It was on a TV comedy. The scene was an old fashioned church, and the priest from the elevated pulpit "frightened" the people, preaching about hell where the sinners will be tortured by the devil and there will be immense pain and gnashing of teeth. An old woman stood up and asked the priest what would happen to her, since she no longer had any teeth. The priest turned to her angrily and said: 'Teeth will be provided."
In past centuries some Protestant preachers achieved great revivals by preaching on Hell, as the consequence of sin. Why is it, then that today this subject is so neglected and considered so controversial that no self-respecting priest would dare bring it up? Are we better today than the people of previous ages? Far from it.
Fr. Paul Trinchard in his book "Apostasy Within" related the story of how he was chastised and eventually forced to retire because in a funeral ceremony he dared to mention these basic truths of our faith: that there is a Hell and Purgatory, beside Heaven, and not everybody goes to Heaven. Recently a story of a youth rally was circulated which is typical of the current attitude about sin and its consequences--Hell.
The Vision of Hell at Fatima
Mary showed Hell to the visionaries of Fatima. Sister Lucia in her autobiography: "Fatima in Lucia's Own Words," (p. 108), recounts the event as follows:
"Well, the secret is made up of three distinct parts, two of which I am now going to reveal. The first part is the vision of Hell.
"(July 13, 1917). 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 the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant.
"How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first apparition, to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror. We then looked up at Our Lady, who said to us kindly and so sadly: '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 what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.
"The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God, that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart and the communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated.... In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph, the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
Lasting Impression on Jacinta
"Your Excellency, as I already told you in the notes I sent to you after reading the book about Jacinta, some of the things revealed in the secret made a very strong impression on her. This was indeed the case. The vision of hell filled her with horror to such a degree, that every penance and mortification was as nothing in her eyes, if it could only prevent souls from going there. Well, I am now going to answer the second question, one which has come to me from various quarters. How is it that Jacinta, small as she was, let herself be possessed by such a spirit of mortification and penance, and understood it so well? I think the reason is this: firstly, God willed to bestow on her a special grace, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary; and secondly, it was because she had looked upon Hell, and had seen the ruin of souls who fall therein....
"Some people, even the most devout, refuse to speak to children about Hell, in case it would frighten them. Yet God did not hesitate to show Hell to three children, one of whom was only six years old, knowing well that they would be horrified to the point of, I would almost dare to say, withering away with fear. Jacinta often sat thoughtfully on the ground or on a rock, and exclaimed: 'Oh, Hell! Hell! How sorry I am for the souls who go to Hell! And the people down there, burning alive, like wood in the fire!' Then, shuddering, she knelt down with her hands joined, and recited the prayer that Our Lady had taught us: 'O my Jesus! Forgive us, save us from the fire of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need.'
"Now, Your excellency will understand how my own impression was that the final words of this prayer refer to souls in greatest danger of damnation, or those who are nearest to it. Jacinta remained on her knees like this for long periods of time, saying the same prayer over and over again. From time to time, like someone awaking from sleep, she called out to her brother or myself: 'Francisco! Francisco! Are you praying with me? We must pray very much, to save souls from Hell! So many go there! So many!' At other times, she asked: 'Why doesn't Our Lady show Hell to sinners? If they saw it, they would not sin, so as to avoid going there! You must tell Our Lady to show Hell to all the people (referring to those who were in the Cova de Iria at the time of the apparition). You will see how they will be converted.' Afterwards, unsatisfied, she asked me: 'Why didn't you tell Our Lady to show Hell to those people?' 'I forgot,? I answered. 'I didn't remember either,' she said, looking very sad..."
"Suddenly, she would seize hold of me and say: 'I'm going to Heaven, but you are staying here. If Our Lady lets you, tell everybody what Hell is like, so that they will not commit any more sins, and not go to Hell.'"
Hell is real. Can this apparition convince a Modernist that he is wrong? Far from it. He would rather dismiss the whole Fatima message, than to admit that perhaps there is a Hell.
The scene of Hell is one of the three secret parts. The third part of the secret, the so called "secret letter," is still a secret and the incredible politics played around it prevented several Popes from obeying the request of Our Lady to consecrate Russia properly, to save souls falling into Hell. ...... The essence is that almost nothing has been done to prevent the multitude of souls from ending up in Hell, the place of everlasting torture.
Jacinta's Wish Was Granted
Jacinta said: "Why doesn't Our Lady show Hell to sinners? If they saw it, they would not sin, so as to avoid going there! You will see how they will be converted."
Only a few can connect different revelations. During the 1920s, Sister Josefa Menendez, in her convent in Poitiers, France, received revelations. They came shortly after the death of Jacinta and Francisco in the early 1920s. Were their prayers instrumental in softening God's Heart, to permit these revelations and her visits to Hell? I believe so. It might be the direct answer to their prayer.
Sister Josefa was transported to Hell various times, and she described her experiences in a wonderful but seldom read book: The Way of Divine Love. Anyone who wants to learn about Hell, (this forgotten reality) can read about it, but how many care?
Sister Josefa's Journeys to the Abyss
(The description of Sister Josefa's visits to Hell is given at the end of the book, "The Dogma of Hell," by Rev. Schouppe. -- available free in an electronic edition, at:
Four Last Things Page
Mr. Foglein's book may be ordered from: Two Hearts Books, P.O. Box 260, Orangevale, CA 95662 USA.