The punishments of the Damned
Jesus calls the eternal gulfs: "Place of torment" (Lc 16, 28). Saint Tomas of Acquino defines the trouble of the damage like it "Privations of the Highest one Well", that is to say of God.
When a soul enters in the eternity, having left in the all world what had and loved and knowing God so com' is in its infinite beauty and perfection, hears itself strong attracted to unite itself to Him, more than the iron towards a powerful disaster.
It recognizes then that the sole object of the true love is the Highest one Well, God, the omnipotent. But if a' soul unfortunately leaves this land in a God verse animosity of state, will be heard rejected from the Creator: "Road, distant from me, cursed! In the eternal fire! Gotten ready for the devil and for its angels!" (Mt 25, 41).
To have acquaintance the Supreme Love... hear the urgent need of to love it and of to be loved again from Him... and rejected... forever, this is the first and more dreadful torment for all the damned.
The trouble of the love Hindered
Who it does not know the power of the human love and exceeded him to that can arrive when rises some obstacle?
That is the human love compared with the divine love...?
What it would not do a soul damned simply to arrive to possess God...?
Thinking that forever it will not be able to love it, it would want never to be existed or to sink in the nothing, if it was possible, but being this impossible it sinks in the despair.
Everyone can do an its simply weak idea of the trouble of a damned that it is separated from God, considering what experiences the human heart to the loss of an expensive person. But these pains, that on the land are the larger sufferings between everything those that can torment the human heart, I am quite little thing before the hopeless trouble of the damned.
The loss of God, therefore, is the more large pain than one torments the damned.
- Saint John Chrysostom says: "If you will say one thousand hells, not yet will have said nothing that can equal the loss of God".
- St. August teaches: "If the damned they enjoyed the visa of God would not hear their torments and the same hell would have been changed in paradise".
- St. Brunone, talking about the Last Judgment, in its book of the "Sermons" writes: "They torments to torments add themselves too and all it is nothing before the privations of God".
- St. Precise Alfonso: "If a damned to cry and we asked him because you cry a lot?", we would hear to answer ourselves: "I cry because I lost God!". At least the damned lover its God and to resign itself to its will! But it cannot do it. It is compelled to hate its Creator in the same time that recognizes it worthy of infinite love".
- Holy Catherina from Genoa when the apparel the devil questioned it: "You who you are?" - "The I am that treacherous that it has deprived some love of God!".
The trouble of the torment and of the remorse
Talking about the damned, Jesus says: "Their worm does not die" (Mc 9, 48). This "worm that does not die", Saint explains Tomas, is the remorse, from which the damned will be in eternal tormented. While the damned it is in the place of the torments hung: "I have lost for nothing, to enjoy just small and fake delights in the earthly life that is vanished in a flash... I could have saved myself with so much easiness and instead I have damned for nothing, for always and for fault mine!". In the book "Device to the death" it is read that to St. Umberto apparel a dead one that it is found to the hell; these affirmed: "The terrible pain that continually gnaws is me the thought of the little one for that I have damned and of the little one that I should have done to go in paradise!".
The punishment of the sense
It is read in the Bible: "With those same things for that a defect, with is then punished" (Sap 11, 10). The more therefore one it will have offended God with a sense, the more will be tormented in it. The most terrible trouble of the sense is that of the fire, of whom there spoke more times Jesus.
Saint says' August: "Compared with the fire of the hell the fire that we know is we like if was painted". The reason is that the earthly fire God wanted it for the well of the man, that of the hell, instead, created to punish it his faults.
The damned the fire it surrounded by, or rather, is immersed in it more than the fish in the water; hears the torment of the flames and like the rich glutton of the Gospel parable: "Because I ache from the pain in this flame" (Lc 16, 24).
Speaking at who lives carelessly in the sin without itself the problem of the final version given back some accounts, ST. Pier Damiani writes: "Continuous, crazy, to satisfy your meat; the day in which the your sins will become like pitch in the your entrails that will do more painful the flame that will devour you in eternal!".
The trouble of the fire behaves also the thirst. What torment the thirst burning in this world! And the larger it will be the same torment to the hell, how testifies the rich glutton in the parable recounted from Jesus! An inextinguishable thirst.
The degree of the trouble
God is extremely just for this to the hell from greater pains to who offended it of more. Who it is in the eternal fire for an alone one erred deadly it suffers horribly for this only fault; who percent is damned, or one thousand... erred deadly suffers hundred, or one thousand times... of more. More firewood is put in the oven, more increases the flame and the heat. So who, sunk in the vice, it tramples the his faults every day multiplicand God of law, if it is not replaced in charm of God and dies in the sin, will have a hell more painful than other.
For who it suffers it is a relief think: "A day will end these my sufferings".
The damned, instead, it does not find some relief, or rather, the thought that its torments will not have fine is like a rock that gives back more dreadful every other pain.
It is not an opinion, but is truth of belief, revealed directly from God, that the punishment of the damned will not have ever ended. I remember only how much already I cited some words of Jesus: "Road, distant from me, cursed, in the eternal fire" (Mt 25, 41).
St. Alfonso writes: "What insanity has been that of who, to enjoy itself a day of I amuse, accepted the conviction of star closed in a pit for twenty or thirty year! If the hell lasted hundred years, also alone either two or three years, too has been a large insanity for a moment of pleasure to condemn itself to two or three years of fire. But here it is not discussed of hundred or of one thousand years, it is discussed some eternity, and that is to say of to suffer for always the same dreadful torments that will not have ever end.
St. Tomas says - the trouble it is not measured according to the duration of the fault, but according to the quality of the crime. The murder, even if it is committed in a moment, does not come punished with a momentary trouble.
San says Bernardino from Siena: With deadly every sin it is done to God an infinite injustice, being He infinite; and to an infinite insult pushed an infinite trouble.
The trouble of the torment of the body
The resurrection of the bodies will certainly and Jesus same that ensures us of this truth. "You do not be surprised yourselves of this, because it l comes' now in which all those that I am in the sepulchers feel my voice, and those that operated the well will go out of it for the resurrection of the life; those, instead, that facer of the badly, for the resurrection of the conviction." (Gv 5, 28-29). Therefore also the body, separate tool of badly during the life, will participate the eternal torments.
After the resurrection all of the bodies will be immortal and incorruptible. Not all however will transformed to the same manner. The transformation of the body will depend from the state and from the conditions in which the soul in the eternity will be found: will be glorious the bodies of the saved and ghastly the bodies of the damned.
For that if the soul will be found in paradise, in state of bliss, will reflect in its body raised again the actual features of the bodies of the elected members: the spirituality, the quickness, the brightness and the incorruptibility. If instead the soul will be found to the hell, in the state of damnation, will imprint in opposite its body characteristic of everything. The sole property that the body of the damned will have in commune with the body of the taken pleasure is the incorruptibility: also the bodies of the damned will be not more subjects to the death.
It reflects a lot those who live in the idolatry of their body and they satisfy it in all wicked his longings! It pleasing immoral of the body they will be repaid with a lot of torments forever.