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The Dogma of Hell – Part V

Hell, Purity & Sanctifying Grace

Dr. Remi Amelunxen
Besides some major sins against the Ten Commandments that should be considered in an examination of conscience, which we pointed out here, there are also the Seven Capital Sins that tie in closely with the Commandments:
    Seven capital vices

  1. Pride, which is actually the cause of all sin;

  2. Avarice, the inordinate love for riches and worldly goods;

  3. Lust, the inordinate craving for or indulgence in sexual pleasure;

  4. Anger, the desire of vengeance, different from righteous anger, which arises from seeing the law of God broken;

  5. Envy, resentment or sadness at the success or property of another, which can generate anger, hatred, jealousy and malice;

  6. Gluttony, overindulgence in food or drink;

  7. Sloth, a culpable lack of physical or spiritual effort, which disinclines one to do what is necessary for salvation.
To achieve salvation we are also obliged to keep the Six Precepts of the Church:
  1. To assist at Mass on all Sundays and Holydays;

  2. To fast and abstain on appointed days;

  3. To confess our sins at least once a year;

  4. To receive Holy Communion in Easter season;

  5. To contribute to the support of the Church;

  6. To observe the laws of the Church concerning Matrimony.
Depending on the circumstances, violations of these precepts may constitute mortal sin. For example, missing Holy Mass on Sunday deliberately or out of laziness is a mortal sin.

The importance of purity

Nothing is more significant in our life than purity.

Many nations have been destroyed by impurity more than by invasions. The pagan Roman Empire fell first through the corruption of private and public morals. Sodom and Gomorrah disappeared from the face of the earth because of unnatural sins against purity that cried to Heaven for vengeance. An impure society is a doomed society.

decadence of Rome

The moral decadence of Rome led to its fall

And what do we have in the world today? Impurity at its epitome which will be corrected, it would seem, only by a Divine Chastisement as Our Lady predicted at Fatima and Quito.

Our bodies belong to God, and we cannot use them for any form of impurity. St. Paul tells us that our body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost. The Sixth and Ninth Commandments mandate purity of body and mind, for the sin of impurity extends to thoughts as well as acts.

The cradle of impurity is the passions of our sensibilities. To “justify” our bad tendencies and wrongdoings of our passions, we invent excuses in our mind. Also, our mind by itself can be the source of temptation when we do not control our memory – recalling and dwelling on past sins – and our imagination – sensual daydreams. Bad thoughts must be dispelled by prayer and directed to things that are good in the eyes of God.

To avoid impurity, we might consider the following traditional suggestions: More souls go to Hell because of impurity than any other sin, Our Lady told the seer Jacinta of Fatima. One can realize the great importance of avoiding all sins against this virtue.

Sanctifying grace

To avoid Hell, one must remain in the state of sanctifying grace. Sanctifying grace is our honor, glory and joy, to be treasured at all costs. Its value in our soul is greater than all the natural worth of the universe. Thus Satan employs every ruse with the aim of making us lose it.

deathbed

Too few realize the importance of being in the state of sanctifying grace at death

Indeed, how many Catholics today even know what sanctifying grace is, and its supreme importance for avoiding Hell and attaining salvation? Here is a short outline:
  1. It is a participation in the divine life that sanctifies our souls and makes us friends of God and gives us a claim to the inheritance of Heaven;

  2. It makes us temples of the Holy Ghost.

  3. It is lost by every mortal sin.

  4. It is restored by repentance, confession and absolution by a priest
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It is through grace that we merit Heaven; the amount of sanctifying grace that we accept and correspond to here on earth will be the exact measure of our reward in Heaven. Sanctifying grace is a participation in divine life, an extension of the eternal generation of the Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. Only in Heaven shall we realize the priceless value of sanctifying grace.

Given that in our time of general apostasy this doctrine about sanctifying grace is no longer preached and taught, how many faithful have an idea of what it is and its import?

Recourse to Our Lady

Should a person feel discouraged at the difficulty of attaining Heaven, let him turn to Our Lady.

our lady refuge of sinners

Our Lady is the refuge and hope of all sinners

The Most Holy Virgin is that blessed ark, says St. Bernard, where anyone who takes refuge will escape the shipwreck of eternal damnation. At the time of the deluge, even the brute animals were saved in Noah’s ark. And so, under her protection, even sinners are saved.

One day in a vision, St. Gertrude saw Our Lady with her cloak spread wide open. Under its folds were many wild animals: lions, bears, tigers – all of whom had taken refuge there. The Saint noticed that the Virgin Mary did not chase the beasts away. She welcomed them kindly and caressed them. From this, St. Gertrude concluded that not only the most ferocious sinners are not rejected by Mary, but they are even welcomed and saved by her from eternal death.

Let us then enter this ark, let us take refuge under the cloak of Our Lady and she will not spurn us, but will secure our eternal salvation.

Another secure means to salvation, in this author’s opinion, is to have recourse to St. Joseph, Mary’s holy spouse, asking him also to intercede for us to achieve final perseverance and perfect contrition for our sins.

Conclusion

It is well known that the children of darkness are consumed by the pursuit of pleasure, goods and power. What is less acknowledged is that the children of light, who are engaged in the great pursuit of salvation, often waste much of their time, which should be given to glorify God. This deprives them of laying up greater treasures in Heaven. Such dissipation can lead to Hell or to a very long stay in the cleansing fires of Purgatory. Therefore, let us strive with all our might while we still can to store up treasures in Heaven.

It seems appropriate to end this series on Hell by asking a blessing traditionally used by clergy for their congregations and by the laity for both their family and friends: Benedictio Dei omnipotentis, Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti descendat super nobis et maneat semper. In nomine Patris, et Filii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen. (1)

  1. May the blessing of Almighty God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost descend upon us and remain forever. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, Amen.
Posted June 20, 2014

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