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There is a broad road to Hell, and a narrow ladder, it seemed, to Heaven. There were many more people in view, at one side, below Christ and His Saints. These Holy Souls were in shadow, in Purgatory - safe with God, yet not yet enjoying Heaven.
In earthly life, it's as though we run a race in full view of Christ and the Saints; but those who prefer to leave the track will miss the triumphant end to the race, having taken a trajectory that leads to outer darkness.
I saw the globe of the earth, with a great mountain on it. At its summit was a bright Heavenly City, which represented the life of grace. Those not yet reconciled to God lived in darkness. The road to Hell lay at my side: a broad road leading downwards.
To live 'in Christ' in a state of grace is like living on a mountain top in early life, battered by temptations, but hoping to climb up to Heaven rather than take the broad road to Hell.
A life of grace on earth is like a well-lit mountain from which there is a ladder to Heaven. Without grace, it is easy to wander onto the broad road which leads to Hell.
Heaven was represented as a huge flower, at the heart of which was a beautiful, perfumed, dazzling sanctuary. Hell is the opposite: like a collection of dead flowers close by the earth, all damp and decaying, all colour and beauty gone, replaced by a repulsive sight.
There are some souls who drift towards disaster. Though outwardly pious they abandon God through their self-will, disobedience and neglect of people in their care.
Christ showed me plainly that there is only one Way from earth to Heaven: the narrow way made by Him, so that all Who will trust in Him can follow the Way and arrive safely in Glory. Those who refuse to follow the safe Way inevitably fall, at death, into the dark Abyss.
Someone who sees a warning about thin ice, and deliberately disobeys, even stomping on the ice in a display of 'bravery', will certainly fall into the freezing depths. So it is with grave sin, committed by persons who refused to listen to warnings. Through such sins, people risk disaster: the worst of all being the loss of God.
Christ showed me that all those people in the hundred-year-old newsreel are now dead, and are in Heaven or Hell or Purgatory. How many were aware that their behaviour had eternal consequences? And each of us alive today will end our lives with a meeting with almighty God.
Row upon row of flames can be seen in the depths of Hell, where are nestled - because of their own choices - impenitent souls who lived until death in lust, pride or disobedience, or lacking compassion and love.
Every person on earth will one day arrive either in Heaven (perhaps through Purgatory) or Hell. It is our urgent duty to work for the salvation of souls.
Each of us must 'climb' to Heaven in faith, hope and love, if we wish to reach glory, and avoid the smoke of Hell which lies below. With humility we can hope to persevere to the end, and to avoid lukewarmness, despair or self-satisfaction.
To move carelessly into serious sin is to be in danger of being cut off from God forever. It's like when a diver in a flooded cave keeps moving into the next cave, without a guideline. Catholics are wise if they rely on sure doctrine and regular prayer.
It is worthwhile to persist in prayer for people in need, or in great trouble, and to pray even when there seem to be few results and little help. By prayer, a fervent soul can stop another from committing worse sins. By prayer, we can even prevent dying souls from falling into Hell.
Each of us must one day stand before God, to give an account of our life on Earth, for our 'particular judgement'. Each person who is a true child of God will enter Heaven, or be helped to prepare for Heaven. Those who have no love for God or their neighbour cannot enter Heaven or Purgatory. Their journey ends in the Abyss.
It is essential that we love God, and love our neighbour. There really will be a Last Judgement, when those who have put their trust in Christ are rewarded and those who were disobedient and rebellious will be sent away to Hell. By our freely-made choices in everyday life we are each moving towards the heights of glory or towards the torments of the damned.
To intercede for someone trapped in grave sin is like holding out a hand to a man trapped on a broken ladder, with only Hell below.
To persevere in intercession, and help someone to abandon grave sins, is to save him from the fires of Hell.
To commit grievous sin is like climbing down towards Hell, where the suffering of unrepentant sinners is so great that it can be pictured as 'fire', in which the demons wait for new victims to torment.
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