Pope: Hell Awaits the Faithless

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by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  November 23, 2016   

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VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - Pope Francis is warning of the threat of Hell for those who fail to remain faithful to God.

In his Tuesday homily in Casa Santa Marta in Vatican City, the Holy Father encouraged the faithful to meditate on death. He revealed that he keeps a journal in which he notes the day someone passes away. "I see that anniversary and I see how time has passed," he said.

"We'd do well to think: 'But what will the day be like when I will be in front of Jesus?" he asked. "When He asks me about the talents that He gave me, what use I made of them, when He will ask me: How was my heart when the seed was dropped, like a path or like thorns: that Parable of the Kingdom of God?"

 
"How did I receive His Word? With an open heart?" he continued. "Did I make it germinate for the good of all or in secret?"
 
He went on to warn the faithful that eternal separation from God — Hell — is a real possibility for those who have been faithless.
 
"I remember as a child," he recalled, "when we went to catechism we were taught four things: death, judgement, Hell or glory. After the judgement there is this possibility [of Hell]."
 
"'But Father, this is to frighten us,'" the children had said to the priest. But the priest responded:

No, this is the truth, because if you do not take care of your heart, because the Lord is with you, and [if] you always live estranged from the Lord, perhaps there is the danger, the danger of continuing to live estranged in this way from the Lord for eternity. 

"And this is a terrible thing!" the Pope exclaimed.

He ended his homily encouraging the faithful to consider the Day of Judgment and the account they will give to God.

"Fidelity to the Lord does not disappoint," the Holy Father said. "If each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when death comes, we will say like Francis (of Assisi) 'Come, Sister Death.'"

"I give you this advice," he continued. "'Be faithful until death,' said the Lord, 'and I will give you the crown of life.' With this fidelity we won't be afraid of death."

 

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