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97. The Punishment of the Damned

1. Those who undergo the punishment of hell are tormentedby fire and also by other afflicting agencies. As the personcondemned to hell has, in earthly life, put various material thingsin the place of God, he is justly punished by a variety ofafflictions.

2. "The worm that dieth not" will afflict thecondemned soul in hell. This means that remorse of conscience (butnot repentance), will incessantly trouble that soul.

3. The "weeping" that will be in hell after thebodily resurrection will not be the shedding of tears (for therewill be no bodily alteration in hell), but will be a steadyaffliction of the head and the eyes.

4. The darkness of hell is a true and material darkness.After the resurrection of bodies, this darkness will afflict thebodily vision of the damned. The fire of hell, as St. Basil says,will have heat but not light for those punished by it.

5. The fire of hell is a bodily fire which now afflictsand detains lost souls; after the resurrection it will torture thebodies of the damned in hell.

6. It seems that the fire of hell is essentially the sameas the fire we know on earth, although it doubtlessly has differentproperties, since it needs no fuel and does not consume what iscast into it.

7. No one can say for certain where hell is located. It seems,however, to be suggested by some passages in scripture that hell is"under the earth," that is, that it is located somewherein the interior of the earth, under the earth's surface.

"Does our conduct correspond with our Faith?"
The Cure D'Ars

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"When the devil has failed in making a man fall, he puts forward all his energies to create distrust between the penitent and the confessor, and so by little and little he gains his end at last."
St Philip Neri

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"The supreme perfection of man in this life is to be so united to God that all his soul with all its faculties and powers are so gathered into the Lord God that he becomes one spirit with him, and remembers nothing except God, is aware of and recognises nothing but God, but with all his desires unified by the joy of love, he rests contentedly in the enjoyment of his Maker alone."
St Albert the Great

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