Hell is a real and actual place where souls that die in the state of mortal sin go. All too often in our modern era, people claim that either Hell does not exist or that it is not a place where souls go for all eternity. The Church is clear in her teaching that Hell exists and it exists forever.
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The Vale of Rest
by John Everett Millais
Verses from the Dies Irae, which is prayed traditionally at Requiem Masses including Funerals and on All Souls Day: Worthless are my prayers and sighing, Yet, good Lord, in grace complying, Rescue me from fires undying. With Thy sheep a place provide me, From the goats afar divide me, To Thy right hand do Thou guide me.
Fatima, Portugal is the source of a beautiful miracle in our times. In 1917, between May 13 and October 13, 1917, Mary appeared six times to Lucy, Francisco, and Jacinta. Their small village of Fatima was persecuted by the government, but its citizens remained faithful to the Catholic Church. In her requests, she promised that many souls would be saved if they listened to her requests. She told us that war was a punishment for sin along with hunger, persecution of the Church, and persecution of the Holy Father. She reminded us of the Commands of God; she added nothing new but renewed our urgency to follow Christ.Since the 1930's the Church has approved and supported these apparitions as authentic. All following popes have also voiced their approval of these apparitions. They really happened! One miracle, the Miracle of the Sun, was witnessed on October 13, 1917, by 70,000.
On the 13th of each month at roughly the same hour from May till October, Mary appeared to the three children. On May 13, 1917, the children saw "a lady, clothed in white, brighter than the sun, radiating a light more clear and intense than a crystal cup filled with sparkling water, lit by burning sunlight." Mary's request was clear, "I have come to ask you to come here for six months on the 13th day of the month, at this same hour. Later I shall say who I am and what I desire. And I shall return here yet a seventh time." Her final request that day was thus: "Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war." The children went about in penance receiving little support from the community — they suffered much for the truth like Mary told them.
On June 13, 1917, Mary appeared and Lucia asked her to take her to heaven. Mary said, "I will take Jacinta and Francisco shortly; but you will stay here for some time to come. Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne." She also revealed to them the Fatima Prayer and impl... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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