Posts Tagged ‘hell’

Heaven and Hell

Monday, April 6th, 2020
Divine Play

When the human soul becomes aware of itself, it develops a marvellous desire to grow. It seeks spiritual food. In the early stages, most of us seek sweetness – what I sometimes call “Spiritual Pavlova.” I fed on righteousness, beauty, goodness, affirmation holiness.  The amazing grace I sought was very sweet indeed. I read positive Read more

Heaven and Hell

Thursday, June 6th, 2019
fridge homilies

Some Catholics may be surprised to know that there are parables of Jesus in the Islamic faith. These Sufi parables of Jesus are not the parables we have in the gospels. Rather, they are stories written to illustrate Jesus’ teachings. The one I like that is simple and yet powerful in its wisdom. It goes Read more

Trusting the Good News

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Recently, “Grapevine” reprinted a notice originally on a billboard outside Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, Canada. Apology If you’ve been told that God is some kind of punishing, capricious, angry bastard with a killer surveillance system, who is basically always disappointed with you for being a human being, then you have been lied to. The church Read more

Does Hell Exist? And Did the Pope Give an Answer?

Thursday, April 5th, 2018
no hell

The Vatican felt obliged this week to reaffirm that Pope Francis believes in a central tenet of Catholicism, that there is a hell. That odd declaration came after the newspaper La Repubblica published a front-page article on Thursday by an atheist, left-wing and anticlerical giant of Italian journalism, who reported that during a recent meeting Read more

Samoan stigmatist tells of vision of heaven and hell

Friday, April 8th, 2016

A Samoan woman claiming to have suffered stigmata wounds has told of a vision she has had of heaven and hell. Toaipuapuaga Opapo Soana’i, 23, spoke during a Mass at the Catholic cathedral at Apia last week, the Samoa Observer reported. She delivered a message that heaven and hell are real. The young woman spoke Read more

Pope sounds warning about ignoring poor and going to hell

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

In a Lenten message strong on mercy, Pope Francis has warned the wealthy and powerful that if they ignore the poor, they risk hell. The Pope’s message for Lent 2016 warned about the corrupting influence of money and power. And it pointing out that caring for the poor, and not just praying for them, is Read more

Pope warns Mafia gangsters they are headed for hell

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Pope Francis has warned the Italian Mafia that they will end up in hell if they do not change their lives and stop doing evil. He made these remarks during a prayer vigil in Rome for victims of the Mafia. “Men and women of the Mafia, please change your lives, convert, stop doing evil,” the Read more

Hell believers are not criminals

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Belief in hell means there less likelihood of crime

Those who believe in Hell are less likely transgress again leading to lower crime rates. So concludes a study by by Azim Shiraf at the University of Oregon and Mijke Rhemtulla at the University of Kansas who compared rates of crime with rates of believe in heaven and hell in 67 countries. The study acknowledged Read more

Belief in hell keeps crime rates down, according to new study

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A University of Oregon psychologist has found that a country’s belief in heaven and hell is related to its crime rates, and that a belief in a punitive God equals less crime while a belief in a forgiving saviour means more crime. “It seems like there is a case to be made for the causal Read more