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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.

"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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"For what would it profit us to know the whole Bible by heart and the principles of all the philosophers if we live without grace and the love of God?"
Thomas á Kempis

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"Obedience is the true holocaust which we sacrifice to God on the altar of our hearts."
St Philip Neri

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