The Holy Rosary

The Punishments of Hell

From the Diary of Saint Mary Faustina Kowalska (741)

Today, I was led by an Angel to the chasms of hell. It is a place of great torture; how awesomely large and extensive it is! The kinds of tortures I saw: the first torture that constitutes hell is the loss of God; the second is perpetual remorse of conscience; the third is that one's condition will never change; the fourth is the fire that will penetrate the soul without destroying it - a terrible suffering, since it is a purely spiritual fire, lit by God's anger; the fifth torture is continual darkness and a terrible suffocating smell, and, despite the darkness, the devils and the souls of the damned see each other and all the evil, both of others and their own; the sixth torture is the constant company of Satan; the seventh torture is horrible despair, hatred of God, vile words, curses and blasphemies. These are the tortures suffered by all the damned together, but that is not the end of the sufferings. There are special tortures destined for particular souls. These are the torments of the senses. Each soul undergoes terrible and indescribable sufferings, related to the manner in which it has sinned. There are caverns and pits of torture where one form of agony differs from another. I would have died at the very sight of these tortures if the omnipotence of God had not supported me. Let the sinner know that he will be tortured throughout all eternity, in those senses which he made use of to sin. I am writing this at the command of God, so that no soul may find an excuse by saying there is no hell, or that nobody has ever been there, and so no one can say what it is like. I, Sister Faustina, by the order of God, have visited the abysses of hell so that I might tell souls about it and testify to its existence.

1) The loss of God
Go away from me, with your curse upon you (Mt 25,41). Their punishment is to be lost eternally, excluded from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength (2 Th 1,9).
2) The remorse of conscience
Their worm will never die (Mk 9,48).
3) One's condition will never change
And they will go away to eternal punishment (Mt 25,46).
4) The fire
Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire (Mt 25,41).
5) The darkness
Throw him into the darkness outside (Mt 22,13; Mt 25,30).
6) The company of Satan
Go away from me, with your curse upon you, to the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels (Mt 25,41).
7) The despair
There will be weeping and grinding of teeth (Mt 22,13; Mt 24,51; Mt 25,30).