Have you ever seen hell?

Ricardo Saludo

Ricardo Saludo


Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire, which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear.
— Fatima visionary Sister Lucia Dos Santos recounting a vision of hell

From the accounts of the late Sister Lucia Dos Santos and her fellow visionaries, Blessed Jacinta and Francisco Marto, also deceased and both beatified, the three shepherd children from the rural town of Fatima in Portugal, were allowed to see hell by none other than the Blessed Virgin Mary.

As affirmed by the Catholic Church, on the 13th of every month from May to October 1917, our Lady appeared to and spoke with Jacinta, then 9, and her cousins Francisco, 8, and Jacinta, 6. The Blessed Mother imparted warnings about the world’s grave transgressions, prophecies about coming chastisements, and instructions for salvation.

With the 2017 centenary of the apparitions, there will be more and more presentations and activities commemorating the greatest supernatural event in the Catholic Church for the past hundred years: six consecutive monthly apparitions by Mary, the Mother of God, to convey messages from Jesus Christ Himself.

This writer will be sharing these messages in media and community groups, starting with this column. While the material is like those presented by other individuals and groups, this is a personal faith advocacy not part of any organization, with the aim of commemorating apparitions and messages affirmed by the Church.

Is it the end of the world?
What may obscure our Lady’s messages in some Fatima presentations is the mistaken impression conveyed by some advocates that she was predicting the end of the world. She was not, though the chastisements she warned of were earth-shaking enough, like World War II.

Yes, our Blessed Mother warned back in 1917 that if her instructions for repentance and prayer, and specifically for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart, were not done, there would erupt a far greater conflict than the First World War raging then.

As recounted by Sister Lucia, our Lady warned: “The war is going to end, but if people don’t stop offending God, another, even worse, will begin in the reign of Pope Pius XI.” Thus, our Blessed Mother prophesied the end of World War I, the successor of then-Supreme Pontiff Benedict XV, and a more catastrophic global conflict.

Sixteen years later in 1933, Adolf Hitler rose to power, and Germany invaded Poland in 1939. On the other side of the world, the Empire of Japan began its Asian conquests with the 1933 invasion of Manchuria in northeast China.

Thus began the Second World War, the deadliest and most destructive conflict in history, in which more than 60 million died, about one in every 30 human beings on earth then, and which gave rise to the most fearsome weapon ever, the atom bomb.

Were there further chastisements prophesied?

Sister Lucia recounts the Blessed Mother’s warning if Russia was not consecrated by the Pope and all bishops, as she instructed: “Russia will spread its errors throughout the world, fomenting wars and persecution of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, and various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me; it will be converted, and a certain period of peace will be granted to the world.”

There is debate on whether this prophesy had already come to pass with the worldwide spread of Soviet communism under Russia after World War II, the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope Saint John Paul II, his 1984 consecration “in spiritual union” with bishops across the world, and the 1989-90 breakup of the Soviet empire.

What is hard to dispute, however, is the world’s continued descent into sinful ways until today, as lamented by Our Lady and several popes since Fatima, and for which she and Christ Himself warned of coming chastisements. Indeed, much of humanity isn’t even paying attention to God and His edicts from of old. Instead, people and nations act and live by economic, political, and technological tenets and imperatives.

Among the greatest transgressions is the legalization of abortion in many countries, including Christian ones, thus giving public approval to a sin that, the Church warns, cries out to heaven for retribution. Another sin demanding direct divine sanction, yet allowed and happening worldwide, is the unconscionable exploitation of the poor.

Nor would many disagree that reversing the dominant ideologies and lifestyles would be near-impossible — unless something spectacularly miraculous, calamitous, or both happen to wake up mankind and bring us back to faith and obedience to God.

Will chastisements happen?
Six decades ago in 1957, Sister Lucia told a priest: “Father, the Most Holy Virgin is very sad because no one has paid attention to Her message … God will chastise the world and this will be in a terrible manner.”

A quarter-century later in 1982, Pope St. John Paul II lamented: “The world has gone in the opposite direction than the one intended by Our Lady at Fatima.” He had also said that chastisements cannot be averted, but can be mitigated by praying the Rosary.

His successor Benedict XVI admonished in 2010: “Whoever thinks that the prophetic mission of Fatima is over, is deceived.”

Sister Lucia, however, pointed to the bigger peril: “My mission is not to tell the world of material chastisements [but]that we are in danger of going to hell if we do not amend.”

And our Lady’s instruction to save our world and ourselves?

“Pray the Rosary daily.” Amen.


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  1. Read and study the Bible, so that you will know the truth. Every word in the Bible is the very word of God for you. The Bible is the living word of God. If you believe what the Bible says, please put aside any other beliefs and God will give you a peace of mind. Let us make this nation, a Bible-believing one.

  2. How can this three shepherd children still in a “Childish Manner” from the rural town of Fatima in Portugal were allowed to see “Hell” by no other than the Virgin Marry despite that She doesn’t have any slightest idea of what exactly a “Hell” is?

    How can she describe something that she doesn’t have?

    The Bible clearly defines that “Hell” is a “Vision” of eternal punishment for the wicked in the “Future” and there is none yet ever existed. It will only come to pass after the complete cessation of life here on earth have totally terminated.

    • 2 Peter 2:4 “For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell…” (future?)

      Luke 16:22-24 “Eventually the beggar died. He was carried by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man likewise died and was buried. From the abode of the dead where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus resting in his bosom. He called out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to refresh my tongue, for I am tortured in these flames.'”

      Luke 23:43 “And Jesus replied, ‘I assure you: this day you will be with me in paradise.'” (future?)

      It is often said that the lying devils have one objective: to make people forget that they exist. Or in your frame of mind: that there is no hell (yet?).

    • And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Revelations 20:14,15

      We should take note, that we will not depend to things that are used to be, to things that were being thought to us. THE TRUTH IS IN THE BIBLE. Talk to God, meditate and receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior.

  3. michael schneider on

    Great article, needing just one correction, if I may. Our Lady is the Mother of Jesus Christ who is the Son of God.

    God the father has no mother. God the father, always was and always will be. This is what 10 years of Catholic education taught me, including being taught by Jesuit priests in Sydney.

  4. The Great Defiant on

    Don’t be deceived.
    Even Satan himself will appear as an angel of light to deceived many and even he elect.
    Want to know the truth?
    Talk to God in prayer.
    Then allow God to talk to you.
    Read His word.
    The Bible.
    Know the truth and the truth will set you free.