The Dogma of Hell by Rev. F.X. Schouppe S.J.

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 Quotes Concerning Modesty


“An unhappy man who had the habit of taking
pleasure in immodest thoughts fell sick and received the Last Sacraments. The next day
his confessor, going to visit him again, saw him on the road coming to meet him. “Go no
further,” he said to him, “I am dead and damned.” “How?” demanded the priest. “Did you
not make a good confession of your sins?” “Yes, I made a good confession, but
afterwards the devil represented to me sinful pleasures, and asked me whether in case of a
cure I should not return again to my pleasures? I consented to these evil suggestions, and
at the same moment death surprised me.” Then, opening his garment, he showed the fire
that was devouring him and disappeared” page 35


“We read also in Father Nieremberg that a noble lady, who was exceedingly pious, asked
God to make known to her what displeased His Divine Majesty most in persons of her
sex. The Lord vouchsafed in a miraculous manner to hear her. He opened under her eyes
the Eternal Abyss. There she saw a woman a prey to cruel torments and in her recognized
one of her friends, a short time before deceased. This sight caused her as much
astonishment as grief: the person whom she saw damned did not seem to her to have lived
badly. Then that unhappy soul said to her: “It is true that I practiced religion, but I was a
slave of vanity. Ruled by the passion to please, I was not afraid to adopt indecent fashions
to attract attention, and I kindled the fire of impurity in more than one heart. Ah! If
Christian women knew how much immodesty in dress displeases God!” At the same
moment, this unhappy soul was pierced by two fiery lances, and plunged into a caldron of
liquid lead.
Thomas of Cantimpre, a learned religious of the Order of St. Dominic, relates that there
was at Brussels an unhappy sinner, the slave of intemperance and the other vices which it
foments. He had a friend, the companion of his dissipation, to whom he was greatly
attached. A sudden death put an end to his disorders. His sorrowful companion, after
having accompanied him to the grave, had returned home and was alone in his chamber,
when he heard moans underground. Frightened at first and not knowing what to do, he
ventured at length to ask who it was that he heard moaning. “It is I, your companion,
whose body you attended to the grave. Alas! My soul is buried in Hell.” Then, uttering a
cry, or rather a dreadful roar, he added, “Woe to me! The abyss has swallowed me, and
the pit has closed its mouth upon me.”
Louis of Granada speaks of a young woman whose damnation had no other source than
vanity and the desire to please. She led a regular life, but her passion to attract attention
by the charm of her beauty was the moving cause of her whole conduct. Having fallen
sick, she died, having received all the Sacraments. While her confessor was praying for
her soul, she appeared to him, saying that she was damned, and that the cause of her
damnation was vanity. “I sought,” she added, “only to please the eyes of men. This
passion caused me to commit a multitude of sins; it prevented me from receiving the
Sacraments well, and it has led me to everlasting torments.” page 36


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