To talk of hell is so passé. Hell is not pastorally sensitive. Hell is not politically correct...or progressively enlightening. Thus, the devil giggles. How dare I compare the fires of this so called 'hell' with the new and improved postmodern Paraclete--replete with an all inclusive guarantee of heaven (of which such a thought made the great Origen a heretic).
Thus the devil giggles again.
"For lo, the day is coming, blazing like an oven, when all the proud and all evildoers will be stubble, And the day that is coming will set them on fire, leaving them neither root nor branch, says the LORD of hosts." Malachi 3:13-20
In mercy, we can hope that some of this blaze is the fires of purgatory; therefore, allowing many a soul who sins far too much (to include yours truly) to enter the pearly gates of heaven. But progressive minded Catholics have also put a taboo on purgatory; painting this real live dogma of the Church as passé, and medieval. They would rather interpret these Scripture verses as the victory of 'social justice' over the not-fully-evolved barbarian of bygone days--days of dogma and faith.
But God's prophet is clear--fires await those who freely choose to reject the Will of God.
"Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night." Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Jesus points the narrow way to heaven in the Teaching of His Apostolic Church, in Living Tradition, Sacred Scripture, and the Teaching Authority (Magisterium) of His apostles. Many would rather 'cherry pick' from the Bible...validating 'Sola Scriptura,' so that they can play apostle themselves. But this is taking the Broad Road to perdition! For the wide road to hell (of which Jesus speaks many times) is paved with 'the skulls of bishops' (Athanasius) and Catholics bent on reinventing both Church and revelation for their own selfish purposes.
"Ask...search...knock...If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?” Luke 11:5-13
'I pray and pray and pray, and all I seem to get is more prayer!' Count yourself blessed. Personal experience has proven this--with multi-year unemployment to prove it. Some Catholics may be blessed with mansions, yachts, planes, riches, fame, power, etc., etc., but do they count the fire of the Holy Spirit as a blessing? Or do they look down on those who are afflicted in this world---those who keep faith in prayer and sacrament--as inferior to them and less blessed? Shame on me for suggesting this...but be honest, I am hitting on the tip of truth. And Truth be told...Jesus, in Gethsemane, and from His Cross, exemplified real prayer--and the Father exemplified real answers in both the death and Resurrection of Jesus. Ouch!
And that is the blessed fire of the Holy Spirit. Ask, seek, knock; but expect Gethsemane, and the Cross, in God's Providential, and Resurrecting, Love.
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