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Heaven and hell (11/17/2013)
From: Mary Zimmerman


There is the story about the little boy who experienced heaven, “Heaven is For Real.” Unfortunately we also must know hell is for real. St. Faustina’s vision: one day I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They died at the end of the road. There was a horrible precipice; the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. I saw the other road, or rather a path, for it was narrow and strewn with thorns and rocks; and the people who walked along it had tears in their eyes, all sorts of suffering befell them. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and also these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings (Diary 153). Heaven - “Incomprehensible is the happiness in which the soul will be immersed.” Hell - “Most of the souls that go there are those who disbelieved that there is a hell.”

St. Faustina says our all-merciful loving God in the end of our lives, with a great desire that everyone be saved will ask, “Do you love me and are you sorry?” If we can’t as yet say yes, then I ask you to review the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary: The Agony in the Garden - Jesus’ suffering was so intense it’s said He sweat blood. The Scourging at the Pillar - information from the “Pieta” prayer book says He received 150 blows to the head, 150 on the stomach, 108 kicks on the shoulders, beaten on His body 6,666 times. The Crowning With Thorns - 20 wounds on the head, 72 pricks of thorns in the head, wounds to the body 1,000. After all this He has a cross flung upon His shoulders, to be later nailed upon, The Crucifixion, slowly dying for three hours. All this suffering to show His love for mankind - to redeem us. I ask you readers to again review the questions from this loving God. Do you love me and are you sorry? As Jesus hung upon the cross dying He prayed, “Father forgive them as they know not what they do.” In like manner let us ask God for the grace to forgive those who have hurt us as well.

Let us not lose heart but have hope and trust that God wants to walk the road of life with us, picking us up when we fall, carrying us over the rough roads of our lives, knowing we shouldn’t expect to find total happiness in this materialistic world. However, the joy of helping others will follow us all the way to the gates of heaven.

I have been thinking and procrastinating over wanting to write something so profound to touch hearts and souls to bring them back into the abode of God’s loving mercy (His greatest attribute), come back to His earthly house, the church. I wonder if I have done that! Let us help one another to go to heaven, avoid hell.

Pray much for your children and grandchildren that we may all one day join together in the joys of heaven for all eternity.



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