“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.” – Our Lady of Fatima
Back in 2017, I published a twelve-part series titled “Living in the End Times”. Back then, it was read by many who followed this Apostolate, and as the months and years have progressed up to current times, there is one truth which stands out even more vividly than it did then – that the hearts, minds and souls of many have turned away from God’s Love, whereby chaos, mayhem, hatred and an ever-increasing disrespect for the sanctity of life is more predominant today than ever before over the course of human history.
And do not misunderstand me. I am not judging anyone, for judgment is left to God alone. But each of us can discern the difference between right and wrong. Each of us can objectively discern that such actions are outside of God’s will and are filled with the presence of the evil one, whose sole intent is to claim as many souls as possible with whatever time he has left in this world!
In a recent message which our Blessed Mother gave in Medjugorje on October 25, 2020, she said:
“Dear children, At this time, I am calling you to return to God and to prayer. Invoke the help of all the saints, for them to be an example and a help to you. Satan is strong and is fighting to draw all the more hearts to himself. He wants war and hatred. That is why I am with you for this long, to lead you to the way of salvation, to Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Little children, return to the love for God and He will be your strength and refuge. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In all humility, as I am only a lowly servant of God, I depend entirely upon the enlightenment and inspirations which the Holy Spirit gives me in this Apostolate. And, through the grace of God, this Apostolate has grown over the past eleven years to the point where it now reaches out to tens of thousands of faithful in 182 countries throughout the world.
I have had this interior feeling for some time now, and it has even become, interiorly, more alarming that a Divine correction is coming – and I am sure that many of you have had the same feeling! And I personally believe that it is not far away!
It is for this reason that I started working on the topic of this particular publication – the very real and horrifying existence of Hell!
I know that we do not hear it preached about much anymore from the pulpits of our churches, but our Lord spoke of it many times in Sacred Scripture; the Catechism of the Catholic Church addresses its reality numerous times; and the great mystics and Fathers of our Holy Church have written about it also in many of their personal writings, especially in recent times Saint Maria Faustina and Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina.
I am now approaching my mid 70’s in age, and I have consecrated every beat of my heart and every breath that I take to help enlighten God’s children and to save as many souls as I can through this Apostolate for however long God’s keeps me here in this life. I bear many physical crosses, and offer them daily for many different intentions, including your own personal prayer requests. God gives me the strength to do this, and I will continue to do so until God considers that my work here is done.
Until my final day here on Earth arrives, whenever that will be, I will continue to reach out to each of you with love as my spiritual children, my spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ.
If you feel that the topic of this particular publication helps you, please share it with your own family and loved ones. Together, and with God’s grace and the loving intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary, we can save souls and work towards the conversion of those who have lost their spiritual way in life. †
Cova da Iria, Fatima, July 1917
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady gave several specific directives that, if we heeded, the world would not be in the situation it finds itself today.
Over one hundred years ago, during the Fatima apparition on July 13, 1917, there was mention of the Rosary, a vision of Hell, direction to help sinners, talk of consecration to the Immaculate Heart and consecration of Russia. Our Lady began by reminding the children:
“I want you to come back here on the thirteenth of next month. Continue to say the Rosary every day in honor of Our Lady of the Rosary, to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war, because only she can obtain it.”
That is a directive, an instruction, a Motherly order that we should heed and practice now more than ever! In the last 100 years, however, how many have actually taken her words to heart?
Next, she told them when she would reveal her identity and that she would provide proof for people to accept the apparitions as true:
“You must come here every month, and in October I will tell you who I am and what I want. I will then perform a miracle so that all may believe.”
Then, Our Lady set the scene and gave the children – and us – a way to help others so they would not end up as part of the vision she was going to show them next. She said:
“Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
When Our Lady told this to the children, she opened her hands as she had during the two previous apparitions. Lucia described what happened. “The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire [under the Earth].”
In The True Story of Fatima, Father John de Marchi recounted how Jacinta’s father, Ti Marto, witnessed the children’s actions in the Cova da Iria that day. He remembered “…that Lucia gasped in sudden horror, that her face was white as death, and that all who were there heard her cry in terror to the Virgin Mother, whom she called by name.” Jacinta’s father went on to day, “The children were looking at their Lady in terror, speechless, and unable to plead for relief from the scene they had witnessed.”
Later at the request of the Bishop of Leiria, Lucia described the vision this way:
“As Our Lady spoke these last words, she opened her hands once more, as she had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration in clouds of smoke, lifted by flames coming out of their bodies. They rose and fell on all sides, like sparks in roaring fires, without weight or direction, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair that terrified us and made us tremble with fear. It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.
“The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. This vision lasted but a moment, thanks to our good Mother from Heaven who had warned us beforehand, and promised to take us to Heaven. Otherwise, I thing we would have died of horror and fear.
“Then we raised our eyes to Our Lady, who said to with kindness and sadness:
“‘You have seen Hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If people do what I am going to tell you, many souls will be saved and there will be peace.’”
“Our Lady further said:
“‘Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and pray for them.’”
Solution for Salvation
It is essential to remember that before this vision was given to the three young children, Our Lady presented them that very short, very powerful prayer to help sinners which is noted above and repeated here:
“O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
Then in both the June and July visions, she gave them – and us – another essential prayer to help sinners:
“I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day. And after each one of the mysteries, my children, I want you to pray in this way: ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell. Lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are most in need of Your Mercy.’”
There’s no time like right now, especially when we see all that is happening on the streets of major cities throughout the world, especially when we witness what is happening within the hearts of so many of God’s children, to begin this addition to the Rosary immediately if you haven’t already done so!
The Children Respond
The children took Our Lady’s revelations and requests to heart. Lucia recounted that, soon after, Jacinta didn’t want to play anymore. She told Lucia, “That Lady told us to say the Rosary and to make sacrifices for the conversion of sinners. So from now on, when we say the Rosary we must say the whole Hail Mary and the whole Our Father! And the sacrifices, how are we going to make them?”
Francisco said a good sacrifice would be going without lunch. Next, Jacinta asked about how long Hell lasts, as well as Heaven. Lucia said the idea of eternity made the biggest impression on Jacinta.
Thinking about sinners and Hell, Jacinta said, “Poor sinners! We have to pray and make many sacrifices for them!” Then she went on to say: “How good that Lady is! She has already promised to take us to Heaven!”
Lucia described how Jacinta took this matter of making sacrifices for the conversion of sinners so seriously, “She never let a single opportunity escape her.” For example, in the area were two very poor families with small children. Jacinta told her brother Francisco and Lucia, “Let’s give our lunch to those poor children, for the conversion of sinners.”
The children agreed. This was just the tip of the prayers and sacrifices for sinners that they began living in their lives.
Father de Marchi described further in his book how “Jacinta’s boundless zeal permitted her no rest. Looking tactfully at her cousin and her brother, she seemed to feel that with their fierce and heart-wrenching supplications, they could pierce the veil of Heaven and, all by themselves, depopulate the pits of Hell.
“Jacinta would tell her brother and cousin, ‘We mustn’t stop our prayers to save poor souls! So many go to Hell!’ Her heart beat in endless pity for the damned, but her intelligence demanded reasonably to understand why people went to such a frightful and hideous place as they had seen.”
Jacinta asked, “Lucia, do you remember how our Lady’s heart, when she showed it to us, was being pierced by thorns?”
“Surely, I do” Lucia replied. “It simply means that her heart is wounded by the sins of people, and she is asking them to be sorry, and to make up for their sins, so that God will not have to punish them too much. She can’t make people be good. They must themselves want to be good.”
Later, while very ill, Jacinta would share many insights, among them was a remembrance of the words Our Blessed Mother once said, “The sins which cause most souls to go to Hell are the sins of the flesh.”
Father di Marchi noted the children realized why Our Lady asked to pray and make sacrifices for sinners. Our Lady was saying:
“It is a great and good and loving thing to do. It will please God who is Love.”
Father di Marchi continues to write, “They became, of their free will, co-redeemers with Christ. The vision of Hell that they had seen in July was not erased from their minds. They prayed incessantly. They sought new sacrifice. Praying the Rosary, they never forgot to include the prayer after each decade Our Lady taught them to say.” Later in life, Lucia, who had become Sister Maria Lucia of Jesus and of the Immaculate Heart, a Portuguese Catholic Discalced Carmelite, stated in an interview, “Taking into account the behavior of mankind, only a small part of the human race will be saved.” – sobering words indeed!
That is why it is so important that we take to heart the words which our Lord Jesus said to Saint Maria Faustina, which we find in her diary, Divine Mercy in My Soul:
“In the Old Covenant I sent prophets wielding thunderbolts to My people. Today I am sending you with My mercy to the people of the whole world. I do not want to punish aching mankind, but I desire to heal it, pressing it to My Merciful Heart. I use punishment when they themselves force Me to do so; My hand is reluctant to take hold of the sword of justice. Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy.” (Diary, § 1588)
Saint Faustina would write many times about the reality and the horrors of Hell. In one account, she writes:
“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 reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is the abyss of Hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them.
“And 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, and all kinds of suffering befell them. Some fell down upon the rocks, but stood up immediately and went on. At the end of the road there was a magnificent garden filled with all sorts of happiness, and all these souls entered there. At the very first instant they forgot all their sufferings.” (Diary, § 153)
In 1936, Saint Faustina wrote about her visit to the abode of Hell:
“Today, I was led by an Angel to the chasms of Hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes Hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one’s condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it, a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God’s anger; the fifth torture is conditional darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan, the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies.
“These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another.
“I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no Hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like.”
“I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of Hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence. I cannot speak about it now; but I have received a command from God to leave it in writing. The devils were full of hatred for me, but they had to obey me at the command of God. What I have written is but a pale shadow of the things I saw. But I noticed one thing: that most of the souls there are those who disbelieved that there is a Hell.
“When I came to, I could hardly recover from the fright. How terribly souls suffer there! Consequently, I pray even more fervently for the conversion of sinners. I incessantly plead God’s mercy upon them. O my Jesus, I would rather be in agony until the end of the world, amidst the greatest sufferings, then offend You by the least sin. (Diary, § 741)
Saint Faustina also wrote about visiting both Heaven and Purgatory, but this post is focused primarily upon the reality of Hell and the Divine Justice which awaits all of God’s children who do not open their hearts to God’s Truth and what He expects from each of us, as taught to us by Sacred Scripture and the teaching Magisterium of our Holy Catholic faith.
What gives any soul a lasting hope, however, in the midst of all that we witness on a daily basis and all that we must endure in this life, our Lord promised to Saint Faustina:
“With souls that have recourse to My mercy and with those that glorify and proclaim My great mercy to others, I will deal according to My infinite mercy at the hour of their death.” (Diary, § 379)
“These souls will shine with a special brightness in the next life. Not one of them will go into the fire of Hell. I shall particularly defend each one of them at the hour of death.” (Diary, § 1224)
May each of us take to heart the words which our Lord once spoke, and yet His words are truly timeless:
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (John 3:16-17)
May God bless you, God love you, and may God always keep each and every one of you. †