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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.

"A person who rails at God in adversity, suffers without merit; moreover by his lack of resignation he adds to his punishment in the next life and experiences greater disquietude of mind in this life."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"If you wish to learn and appreciate something worth while, then love to be unknown and considered as nothing. Truly to know and despise self is the best and most perfect counsel."
Thomas á Kempis

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"Whom do you seek, friend, if you seek not God? Seek him, find him, cleave to him; bind your will to his with bands of steel and you will live always at peace in this life and in the next."
St Alphonsus de Liguori

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