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REAL CLEAR RELIGION

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

Culture, Christianity, Catholic Dogma & The Death Of The West

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DOES ANYONE GO TO HELL ANYMORE?

My parish is having a mission this week--so I am a little fired up. One thing that was pointed out by the priest who was giving the mission, is the few numbers of those who are saved. Of course in post-modern Christianity everyone is saved --and any talk about hell or damnation is simply nonsense. But Jesus Himself confirmed that few are saved:

"Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!" Matt 7:13-14

The bible also provides evidence of the few numbers of those who are saved: "In the time of Noah, the entire human race was submerged by the Deluge, and only eight people were saved in the Ark. Saint Peter says, "This ark was the figure of the Church," while Saint Augustine adds, "And these eight people who were saved signify that very few Christians are saved, because there are very few who sincerely renounce the world, and those who renounce it only in words do not belong to the mystery represented by that ark. The Bible also tells us that only two Hebrews out of two million entered the Promised Land after going out of Egypt, and that only four escaped the fire of Sodom and the other burning cities that perished with it. All of this means that the number of the damned who will be cast into fire like straw is far greater than that of the saved, whom the heavenly Father will one day gather into His barns like precious wheat." St. Leonard of Port Maurice

And Jesus also says: "Many are called, but few are chosen."

The Saints throughout history also confirm the truth of the fewness of those who are saved:

Saint Gregory: "Many attain to faith, but few to the heavenly kingdom."

Saint Anselm: "There are few who are saved."

Saint Augustine: "Therefore, few are saved in comparison to those who are damned."

Saint Jerome: "Out of one hundred thousand people whose lives have always been bad, you will find barely one who is worthy of indulgence."

St. Teresa of Avila: "I had the greatest sorrow for the many souls that condemned themselves to Hell, especially those Lutherans. [...] I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes."

St. John Chrysostom: "What do you think? How many of the inhabitants of this city may perhaps be saved? What I am about to tell you is very terrible, yet I will not conceal it from you. Out of this thickly populated city with its thousands of inhabitants not one hundred people will be saved. I even doubt whether there will be as many as that!"

St. Anselm: "If you want to be certain of being in the number of the Elect, strive to be one of the few, not one of the many. And if you would be quite sure of your salvation, strive to be among the fewest of the few; that is to say, do not follow the great majority of mankind, but follow those who enter upon the narrow way, who renounce the world, who give themselves to prayer, and who never relax their efforts by day or night, so that they may attain everlasting blessedness."

St. Robert Southwell: "The path to Heaven is narrow, rough and full of wearisome and trying ascents, nor can it be trodden without great toil; and therefore wrong is their way, gross their error, and assured their ruin who, after the testimony of so many thousands of saints, will not learn where to settle their footing."

St. John Chrysostom: "I do not speak rashly, but as I feel and think. I do not think that many priests are saved, but that those who perish are far more numerous.

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori: "The greater number of men still say to God: Lord we will not serve Thee; we would rather be slaves of the devil, and condemned to Hell, than be Thy servants. Alas! The greatest number, my Jesus - we may say nearly all - not only do not love Thee, but offend Thee and despise Thee. How many countries there are in which there are scarcely any Catholics, and all the rest either infidels or heretics! And all of them are certainly on the way to being lost."

And as the mission priest at my parish stated: "most Catholics will not be saved."