Pope Francis’ Missionaries of Mercy preaching hell: “age inappropriate”?

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It’s July in the Fatima Century. On July 13, 1917, Our Lady of Fatima said:

“Make sacrifices for sinners, and say often, especially while making a sacrifice: O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Lucia continues the account: As Our Lady spoke these words she opened her hands once more, as had during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now following back on every side like sparks in huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.

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It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me do. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals. Terrified and as if to plead for succor, we looked up at Our Lady, who said to us, so kindly and so sadly: “You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go. It is to save them that God wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If you do what I tell you, many souls will be saved, and there will be peace.”

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There are those who think that it is not only lacking in mercy but a downright aggression to mention hell in preaching especially if any children are present. Of course, kids are able to take in a great deal of reality of how things really are, and adults merely use children (that’s an offense) to attack any mention of hell that they, the adults, don’t want to hear, knowing themselves to be guilty of that which may well bring them to hell unless they go to Confession.

Our Lady doesn’t pull any punches, but for the benefit of all tells it and shows it like it is. Great. That helps us to say: “O Jesus, this is for love of Thee, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for offences committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”

I often say that kids often save their parents as parents should want for themselves what they want for their kids, eternal life. I think we will also be surprised in heaven (please God we make it!) to see that it is the prayers of the little ones which saved so many adults.

When preaching about any topic whatsoever, it’s all about how you do it. If the scene, if you will, included the love and security provided by the Holy Family, that makes all the difference. Jesus and Mary love us so very much. There is bad stuff around, but Jesus and His good mom want us in heaven!

By the way, as it is said, there is perhaps no other Roman Pontiff in the history of the Church who has mentioned hell and the devil and exorcism more than Pope Francis. So, what’s a Missionary of Mercy of Pope Francis to do?

Look: Jesus in the Gospel pulled no punches about telling people about hell. Jesus was extremely blunt in telling people that they WILL go to hell unless they change their ways. Telling people the way things actually are is the greatest mercy.


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6 responses to “Pope Francis’ Missionaries of Mercy preaching hell: “age inappropriate”?

  1. elizdelphi

    You can’t give people an understanding of the life of Grace without giving them to understand that without this Life they cannot enter heaven or avoid hell!! How precious is the treasure within us! Kids understand it more readily than teens or adults it seems to me, the adults’ problem seems to be they don’t want to understand, because it is more real to them how many people, even those close to them, do gravely bad things and do not seem to be sorry, and they have been told “judge not” and their mind does not want to go in the obvious direction. Heaven is God’s home and you cannot go there to live with Him if you are not His friend. I never thought about talking about the Holy Family in connection with this, I guess I have my issues and do not feel totally at ease in the family home of Joseph and Mary, however I do think the kids would be. But when I teach them about hell they are serious but do not seem terrified. It is all in the overarching context of talking about love.

  2. sanfelipe007

    Today’s Gospel about the sower and the seeds mentions soil. I would say that the soil is the family. What better model for our families to be rich soil than the Holy family?

  3. sanfelipe007

    James, I don’t believe the Holy Father is guilty of what you allege, anymore than I believe that Jesus was guilty of what the Pharisees alleged when He was accused of “leading and encouraging people to continue working on the Sabbath” (my paraphrase). Like Father Byers, I do not pretend to understand AL; whether or not it is a “hard saying” would become apparent if only Francis would clarify it. But I do trust in Jesus. And as Jesus’ vicar, the Pope.

  4. James Anderson

    How do you reconcile Pope Francis talking more about hell, the devil and exorcism more than any other pope AND Pope Francis leading and encouraging people to continue committing adultery and receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ? It would greatly strengthen my faith if I could do that.

    • Father George David Byers

      Let your faith be strengthened by Jesus. I have zero understanding of Amoris laetitia. I love Jesus!

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