One thing we can all agree on is that traditional catholics worry way more about getting to heaven and not going to hell. We truly believe what Jesus says in the Bible about heaven and hell. There is no more important truth to meditate on than this truth. Jesus said it clearly when he said; “Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it. (Matt. 7:13,14)”.
If there is a devil as we all know there is, than he has to be somewhere. Jesus spent a major part of His public ministry casting out devils. They really do exist. And Jesus died to save souls from being damned to be with the devils in hell.
Jesus used the word hell 11 times.
- You have heard that it was said to the men of old, “You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.” But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, “You fool!” shall be liable to the hell of fire. (Matt. 5:21-22)
- And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. (Matt. 10:28; see also Luke 12:5)
- Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you traverse sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves. (Matt. 23:15)
- Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, saying, “If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.” Thus you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell? (Matt. 23:29-33)
- If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life maimed with two hands than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out; it is better to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, where there worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:43-48).
Since Vatican II there has been so much emphasis on the God of Love. We traditionalist believe in this so much too. As it is stated in the 1st. Letter of St. John, “God is Love”. We rejoice each day in the knowledge that God is love and He loves us with a personal love. Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus reminds us of how much God loves us in the Person of Jesus Christ. We believe in this and therefore practice love. “Love God with your whole heart, mind, soul and being and love your neighbor as yourself”. Love is the heart of our faith.
But we also believe in God’s Justice. When St. Catherine saw the divine justice Jesus was going to administer to those who were attacking His church in Italy, she beg Jesus to let His divine justice to be applied to her. That is how she died, suffering the consequences of God’s divine justice. Jesus took the divine justice of His Father on Himself to pay the price and suffering for our sins. There is a definite law of love and a definite law of justice that God works under. When we rebel against God and His laws, there has to be payment for these sins. Every sin is a rejection of God’s divine love. There are supernatural consequences for this. Jesus paid on the cross, once and for all, for the serious offenses we have done against the love of God who created us and sustains us every second.
Every Holy Mass allows the graces Jesus merited on the cross at Calvary to continue to flow out for the forgiveness of the offenses against God’s infinite love for us (sin). That is why the Holy Mass has to be a sacrifice. It is the suffering sacrifice of Jesus on the cross paying the debt we incur by sinning. This shows the great great love Jesus has for us.
The Sacred Heart is a sacrificed heart. Pierced and crowned with thorns. Every beat it feels the wounds we have inflicted on His Eternal Love for us. When Mary appeared in Fatima they also saw a crown of thorns around her heart. She also is offended when we offend her son.
On December 10, 1925 Mary and the child Jesus appeared to the postulant Lucy who was only 18 years old. Jesus said; “Have compassion on the Heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce It at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of Reparation to remove them.”
Then the Most Holy Virgin said:
“Look My daughter, at My Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce Me at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console Me and announce My name that I promise to assist at the moment of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making Reparation to Me”.
Every Hail Mary asks for her help at death; “pray for us now and at the hour of death”.
So we love, therefore we do not want to see anyone in hell. How can we dare say we love someone and can let them be eternally be damned to fire and the devil. That is why we talk about sin and hell. That is why we pray for sinners conversions, “Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of Thy mercy.”
Liberal priests and bishops do not love people if they do not warn them about eternal pain. Every funeral I have been at or celebrate always said the people were in heaven. Therefore everyone goes on their jolly way to hell thinking that no one goes there if they even believe in hell.
Let us always love each other and help each other get to heaven. I have said many times and will till I die, “If you love me you will constantly tell me, Fr. Carota do not to go to hell. I want that on my grave stone; He said “do not go to hell”.
The original author of this blog passed away in July of 2016. RIP Father Carota.