10 Quotes About Hell from the Saints


Hell is a real place. You don’t want to go there!

On 13th July 1917, at Fatima, Our Lady showed the terrifying vision of Hell for no more than a few split seconds to the three little visionaries. But the unspeakable horror of Hell and the unbearable thought that anyone at all could end up there, changed their lives forever.

All of us will eventually die and face judgement before God. If we die in a state of grace we’ll go to Heaven (with perhaps a temporary period of cleansing in Purgatory first). If we die in mortal or Original sin, then we go straight away to Hell for all eternity, with no hope for redemption.

If that scares you, that’s okay. Yes, we should choose God out of love, but the Church has always taught that the threat of eternal punishment can have a very salutary effect on leading people away from sin and toward God.

So repent, go to confession, decide to amend your life and avoid the occasions of sin. Grow close to Jesus and Mary through prayer, spiritual reading, the Sacraments and devotional practices. Love your neighbour as yourself, for what you do to one of these little ones, you do to Christ (Matt.xxv,40).

Then you will have peace of mind and heart. And no fear of death.


Here are 10 quotes from the saints about this real place of punishment:

1) “I am filled with fear and trembling, and all my bones are shaken at the thought of that unhappy country of the damned.”

(St. Bernard)

2) “I saw the torments of hell and those of purgatory; no words can describe them. Had poor mortals the faintest idea of them, they would suffer a thousand deaths rather than undergo the least of their torments during a single day.”

(St. Catherine of Siena)

3) “Poor Judas! Above seventeen hundred years have elapsed since he has been in Hell, and his Hell is still only beginning.”

(St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori)

4) “The natural fire that we see during this life has great power to burn and torment. Yet this is not even a shadow of the fire of Hell.”

(St. Anthony Mary Claret)

5) “The wicked bodies of the condemned shall simmer and blaze in those living fires.”

(St. Cyprian of Carthage)

6) “Alas! Of what kind is that place of wailing and of gnashing of teeth… at which even Satan shudders? O Woe! What kind of place is it, where the unsleeping worm dies not? What dread misery to be sent into outer darkness? Of what kind of angels placed over these torments, who pitiless and frightful, punish by casting in there, while at the same time the reproach most grievously? Then shall those already in the midst of the torments cry out with pleading voices, and there will be no one to speak for them to the Lord, and they shall not be heard.”

(St. Ephrem of Syria)

7) “Let us fancy we see hell, and imagine what is worst to behold – a horrible cavern full of black flames. Sulphur, devils, dragons, fire, swords, arrows, and innumerable damned who roar in despair. Imagine the worst you can, and then say, ‘All this is nothing compared to hell.’”

(St. Ignatius of Loyola)

8) “No more is it possible for the evildoer, the avaricious, and the treacherous to hide from God than it is for the virtuous. Every man will receive the eternal punishment or reward which his actions deserve. Indeed, if all men recognized this, no one would choose evil even for a short time, knowing that he would incur the eternal sentence of fire. On the contrary, he would take every means to control himself and to adorn himself in virtue, so that he might obtain the good gifts of God and escape the punishments.”

(St. Justin Martyr)

9) “Alas! I could not bear the sight of them. How could I, as the mere noise of these despairing yells caused me an unbearable horror?”

(St. Lydwine of Schiedam)

10) “Do not neglect the grace that is offered to you. The God who offers the sinner pardon, does not promise him tomorrow.”

(St. Wolfrand)


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4 Responses to 10 Quotes About Hell from the Saints

  1. To read these quotes is a good and salutary thing.

  2. Mary Anne says:

    Excellent. We need to read of these graphic descriptions of hell from our Saints and Advocates in heaven. It helps our spiritual life to to remain on the straight path which so often does lead to a Calvary of suffering on this hell bent earth …. for us…….like the thousands of priest martyrs in Communist and Nazi countries who suffered unspeakable horror. and torture before their deaths.
    Pray for us, O Holy Martyrs, that we do not succumb to the hot breath of devils whispering at us here ………..Viva Cristo Rey!

  3. kathleen says:

    The sad truth is that many, many souls tread the path to Hell because they have chosen to disbelieve in its existence.
    Or they have been hoodwinked by Modernist clerics in the Church who claim we may have a “reasonable hope” that Hell may be empty and all will be saved! (Remember who that was?)

    And what about the Pope himself, chosen Vicar of Christ to be guardian and protector of the teachings contained in the Deposit of Faith? Surely he believes in the existence of Hell?
    Hmmm, hard to say, for Pope Francis is a master of self-contradiction.
    True, he has on occasions talked about the danger of going to Hell, but then comes up with the denial of such a possibility:
    Paragraph 297 off Amoris Laetitia states: “No one can be condemned forever, because that is not the logic of the Gospel!”

    Speaking to journalist and atheist Eugenio Scalfari, Francis was also quoted as saying of those who die in a state of mortal sin: “They are not punished. Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and take their place among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. A hell doesn’t exist, the disappearance of sinning souls exists.”
    (The Vatican said Scalfari’s quotes in the article were not “a faithful transcription of the Pope’s words”, but never said what these “words” were meant to be! Nor did Francis correct Scalfari’s account!)

    All very confusing. As per usual.
    But the Words of Our Lord on the very real danger of losing one’s soul and spending an eternity in Hell are crystal clear!

    And naturally, if you don’t believe in Hell you won’t believe in the existence of the devil either! Just what Old Nick wants to drag souls down to Hell:

    “My dear brethren, do not ever forget, when you hear the progress of lights praised, that the loveliest trick of the Devil is to persuade you that he does not exist!”
    (Charles Baudelaire)

    We are living in wicked times where every day is a party for Old Nick.

  4. John says:

    Isn’t eternal hell fire just a bogey to frighten people to go to Church? I am Catholic and even I think that there’s just way too much contradictions in Church teachings. There’s no rational for an eternal hell. To admit that there’s a place called hell that will endure for all eternity is to admit that God is not eternal. If there’s a place OUTSIDE of God, then God isn’t everywhere. He is limited by hell unless you want to say that God is in hell and hell is in God.

    God is life. Wherever you find life, God is there. The souls that allegedly go to hell for eternity are alive. They have the one quality of God called life. If they are in hell then God is in hell with them. Nothing exists without God actively holding it in existence above the edge of nothingness, so to speak. So if hell exists, then that’s the handiwork of God.

    How about predestination? God knows the eternal fate of every living thing He has created even before He created them. So, are we saying that God created souls with the purpose of feeding the fires of hell?

    We count ourselves lucky to born into Catholic families. How about those born into tribes and races that have never encountered civilization, whose people worship stones and trees? Catholic saints say they will go to hell. The Church believes there’s no salvation outside the Catholic Church.

    Seems ridiculous that God will continue to bless Savage races and dysfunctional parents and families with more kids if these kids will eventually end up in hell when they die.

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