CP&S: This is our translation of an article by Sonia Vázquez, “El infierno existe”, first published on the Spanish Catholic website, ADELANTE LA FE
“He brought us out of hell and delivered us from the hand of death; He saved us from the midst of the burning flames, drawing us out of the fire. Give glory to the Lord, for he is good, because his mercy is everlasting “(Daniel, 3)
This week, my land, Galicia, was ravaged by fire. With deep sadness and despair we saw the flames burning our mountains, the houses, how people were burnt to death, animals … the magnitude was such that it spread to Asturias and Portugal. During that night great gusts of wind blew from the remains of a cyclone. The magnitude of all this was such that smoke and ash reached as far as the skies of London.
The first news came to me from my sister who was imprisoned on the highway and sent us a photo of what was being lived there, astonished we looked immediately at the Internet and social networks and from that moment a wave of madness unleashed, approximately every hour appeared a new focus. The flames reached the city of Vigo and a collective panic broke out. From the first moment the news was clear: a wave of intentional fires was devastating Galicia … Do you know Galicia? Green is our flag.
We spent the night sunk in deep sadness, our land burnt, consumed by fire, and nobody could do anything. The night, the strong wind, the high temperatures due to the cyclone and the lack of water were the driving motor of these devilish and perverse hands. Worry and despair overwhelmed everything, the night seemed eternal … honestly, it seemed like the end of the world; the very air smelt of death.
I suppose you will wonder, what does all this have to do with the usual topics I usually talk about? The answer is very simple: this is the result of sin. The hand of man, his heart of stone and his sinful soul, have caused this misfortune of incalculable dimensions. All these fires are the work of Satan. Those who witnessed the flames live, saw hell on earth.
The Work of Creation consciously destroyed by man: the mountain, the trees, the flowers, the plants, the animals, the people … this is a crime, yes, but what has to be made clear is that it is a mortal sin; it goes against the Commandments of the Law of God.
“And God said, Let the earth bring forth green grass, herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after its nature, whose seed is in itself upon the earth; and it was so. And the earth brought forth green grass and herb yielding seed after its kind and the tree yielding fruit whose seed was in itself, according to its nature; and God saw that it was good.” (Genesis)
Possibly the pyromaniacs, if they catch them, will not spend even a year in jail, as is usual in a country like Spain where they compromise in everything and life in jail is usually more like a month of paid vacations! But it will not be so in the final judgment; condemnation is eternal for one who has voluntarily refused to love God. The vast fire that they have provoked will be like a spark compared to the fire of hell. The sin of others can always affect us negativity…. that is, we can fall ourselves into hatred, rancour, despair, but we must not! Justice does not belong to us. In the morning the Lord brought us the rain, that same rain that must reach our soul like renewing water that shows us that God never abandons us. “Nunca máis” (never again) is the motto when there is a tragedy in Galicia, but I think it is better to say, “never again”, because the Lord never ever forsakes us. Against all the odds, it rained!
“See, Yahweh, our God, has shown us His glory and His greatness, and we have heard His voice from the midst of the fire” (Ibid)
[…] The result of mortal sin is that man lives apart from God, alien to the Father Creator, but the fact is that few Catholics recognise this, or are astonished by the beauty of creation. If we are not able to look at a rose as God’s work, it can hardly hurt that someone tramples on it. Today, instead of observing the beauty of the sea, people are dedicated to throw garbage on it, the same with rivers, in which, many companies have found a wonderful place to pour all the crap they do not know where to throw. Result? In the rivers there are no more trout, salmon; they have been wiped out with the pollutants that they throw on what before was crystalline water. Look, we have to talk about this, but not in a political speech like Pope Francis does with his famous Laudato si, an encyclical more typical of an Obama speech than a Supreme Pontiff: “our common house is also like a sister, with the which we share our existence, and like a beautiful mother who welcomes us in her arms “(Laudato si). Instead of childish and corny phrases, what is necessary to talk about is sin. Mistreating a person or killing them is a sin, but it is equally so when we kill any living being, not for survival, but for pure fun, like so many atrocities that we read about in the press about cruelty to animals.
When we were children, a gesture as simple as throwing a paper to the ground, we could expect a prompt reprimand, besides being reminded that it was wrong. Sins should be confessed. Our parents, not being ecologists of the new wave, transmitted the necessary teachings to take care of what God has so generously given us to love Him more and to draw closer to Him. I remember that in my childhood there were certain times to take out the rubbish, no one shook out their carpets beyond nine in the morning, nothing was thrown on the ground, animals were not mistreated … Listen, I am not speaking about three centuries ago, this was only a few years ago, when Spain was Catholic and today, can you say the same, when people urinate in the street if it suits them and then are not even given a fine? Some will say that we are surrounded by degenerates, but I tell you that what we are surrounded by is compulsive sinners.
We live in the middle of an atheistic society, our kings are no longer Catholic, neither are executives and businessmen; our politicians are declared atheists who promote abortion, sex changes, children a la carte. What can we expect from the children of the future? From the moment a nation is ruled without Christ, the population is spiritually dead. When the current king of Spain was a child, photos of him receiving his First Holy Communion were made public. Are there public photos of his daughters receiving the Lord? If not, why not? Quite simply, because they renounce the title of “Catholic Kings” now. What was once an honour, now apparently, is a dishonour. And what about our Bishops? In other times they would have called a Procession to ask Our Lord, through the intercession of some Saint, to bring us the rain we so desperately need, and later to perform a Mass in thanksgiving…. but now they only manifest themselves if it is with flags and politicians to be seen grinning at the camera.
I do not know if I am explaining properly the point I am trying to make, but I see it clearly, I believe that all this perversion is the result of grave sin that rules the world. People do not believe in hell; they do not believe in damnation; therefore you feel nothing when you violate the Commandments of the Law of God. As I’ve said before, I’m not afraid to repeat: this is Sodom and Gomorrah.
Yahweh said, “The cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and their sins are exceedingly grievous. I will come down to see if they have really done according to the cry that has come to Me”.(Genesis 18:20)
The other day a friend told me that she was Catholic like me, but not a “practicing Catholic”. That phrase already gives one much to think about and that we do not share the same religion, because in Catholic teaching it is clear that the one that does not practice, already lives in state of condemnation. Coupled with this, my friend asked me if I believed in hell, since she was completely sure that it did not exist, and as I said, reaffirmed my belief that one of the two of us is clearly not Catholic. As you will know or have read, the director of the Repubblica, Eugenio Scalfari, puts in the mouth of Pope Francis the denial of hell. True or not, there has been no Vatican mouthpiece denying these statements of Mr. Scalfari, when the normal reaction should surely be that one of his spokespersons would step in to refute such a serious affirmation. But instead of that, his Holiness has drawn the curtain on any rebuttal. Assuming this is the way the Bishop of Rome thinks, imagine then my poor friend, who is supposed to be at a lower level in preparation! Or what about all those criminals (including the arsonists) who commit their atrocities without feeling guilty; they will think that heaven is a journey towards open doors. There is no hell for the sinner, and there is no justice for criminals, so why not kill, take any pleasure, steal, burn, torture, etc? If anyone had not stopped to think about this, I suppose that now one will understand the reason for the present state of society. The children come home and their parents do not scold them for their bad deeds. Those same children no longer go to catechism and if they go, their catechists do not tell them about sin. Sunday Mass is often a parody to which, when one turns seventeen, he flies away so as not to return … Such is the life of a pyromaniac, a murderer, an abuser, an abortionist, etc., it is a life of those who have not known God; a life in which they have not been told that insulting people, getting drunk, copulating, not meeting schedules, not respecting your parents, etc. is a sin … they have been educated as little savages, like twentieth century tarzans. Certainly Tarzan was not such a beast, he simply followed an animal instinct. Tthese individuals do not even know what a confessional is.
Do you know or remember how Imperial Rome was destroyed? Nothing less than with a great fire provoked by Nero. Was Nero an exemplary Catholic who stood out for his life of piety and prayer? No, he was a pervert who was all day going from orgy to orgy, a megalomaniac, who recreated in himself his greatness; there was for him no god but his own person, and so deeply cruel and Machiavellian was he that he blamed the Christians themselves of the fire of Rome in order not to be blamed for such barbarism, and then in cold blood he sent the Christians to the lions. Nero is still alive today because he is the same devil and like him, his followers want to end the world and become the new masters of an independent republic in which the law of evil reigns … Do you really believe that there is no hell after seeing the flames above our heads? We can only trust in the Good God who will rise in the midst of the flames to save His people from eternal death.
“All mount Sinai was smoking, for the LORD came down upon him in the midst of the fire. This smoke rose like the smoke of an oven, and the whole mountain trembled strongly. The sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder; while Moses spoke and God answered him “(Genesis)