Monday Musings - Why Did You Not Tell Us?

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No caring person would allow an inattentive soul about to run off a cliff to do so without shouting and attempting to warn them of that danger and of their imminent demise. 

Should we not do the same for those Catholic politicians and public officials who legislatively support intrinsic evils, who remain silent in the face of the dismemberment and sale of infant body parts, or who consent to the killing of children born alive?

We would if we cared about them since there is nothing more important than the salvation of souls. Yet most of us are rarely reminded of this truth.

Satan relishes his success in having convinced so many that hell does not exist and that no one inhabits it – even using the mouths and/or silence of some Catholic priests and Bishops to get his message out.

"There is no such thing as sin," we are told. Are you prepared to tell that to Jesus Who suffered and died to redeem us from our sin? "Why," don’t you know, "we should have a reasonable hope that all men are saved?" "Why, a good and merciful God would never condemn anyone to an eternity of torment." Or so we are told. 

It is not cool to discuss hell. Consequently, many will find themselves there.

But if we love God and our fellow man, we must. Here is one  forgotten voice which needs to be heard:

“I am sure many lost souls in hell right now would cry out to preachers and writers if they could: Oh, why did you not tell us more about the horrors of hell? Why did you not strike such fear into our hearts by your realistic description of hell that we would have made greater efforts to avoid it?...Why did you spare our feelings in a matter of such eternal moment? Oh, why did you not make hell a thousand times hotter than you did, then perhaps we would not be here today?"

(Father Winfrid Herbst, S.D.S. from The Way to God)