An Exorcist Describes Death, Judgement, and Our Everlasting Life

Heaven, the Kingdom of Love

I wish to include some basic notions of Christian eschatology, which, because of the Resurrection of Christ give a reason for great hope to everyone — in particular, to those who suffer from evil spells. Our life, our earthly pilgrimage, and our suffering are not the fruit of a blind randomness; rather, they are ordered for our greater good and definitive friendship with God.

Let us begin, then, precisely from paradise, the final goal and the reason for which we have been created. “Those who die in God’s grace and friendship and are perfectly purified live for ever with Christ. They are like God for ever, for they ‘see him as he is,’ face to face,” (CCC 1023).

Our Faith guarantees that in paradise we shall enjoy the vision of God; that is, we shall become participants in that same happiness that the divine Persons enjoy among themselves:

“The life of the blessed consists in the full and perfect possession of the fruits of the redemption accomplished by Christ. He makes partners in his heavenly glorification those who have believed in him and remained faithful to his will. Heaven is the blessed community of all who are perfectly incorporated into Christ” (CCC, no. 1026).

A question arises spontaneously: What need did the Trinity have for creatures, for men and angels, when It was already perfect and absolutely sufficient in Itself? The Trinity did it solely out of love, gratuitous and unconditional love for us. The advantage is solely ours: love, joy, and happiness, for all, in paradise.

There are degrees of participation in the joy and love of God. This degree of rank is given according to the level of sanctity each person has reached during his lifetime: the joy of St. Francis of Assisi, for example, will be different from that of the good thief. There is a difference between men on earth, and there will be a difference in paradise.

It is similar to what happens with the stars in heaven: there are those that shine brighter and those that shine a little less. So also it will be with men in the glorious resurrection: all of us shall be resplendent, but each one with a different proportion. Each one will have that maximum of splendor and happiness that he is personally capable of, based on how he has lived his life. Some will have a greater capacity and others less, but without envy or jealousy toward each other.

Indeed, each one will know complete joy. A verse from Dante’s Divine Comedy comes to mind: “In his will is our peace.” In paradise there is no jealousy; each one is in the will of God, and in His will there is peace. Eternal peace is definitive, where each tear, each sorrow, and all envy will be wiped away.

The Souls in Purgatory

Purgatory is the place, or, better, the state to which come the souls that have need of a purification and therefore have not been immediately admitted to contemplate the face of God. This purification is necessary in order to arrive at sanctity, the condition that heaven requires. The Catechism speaks of the souls in purgatory: “All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven” (no. 1030).

This article is from a chapter in An Exorcist Explains the Demonic.

We can understand that there are gradations or diverse states in purgatory; each one accommodates the situation of the soul that arrives there. There are the lower strata, more terrible because they are closer to hell, and the more elevated that are less terrible because they are much closer to the happiness of paradise. The level of purification is linked to this state.

The souls in purgatory are in a state of great suffering. We know, in fact, that they can pray for us and that they can obtain many graces for us, but they can no longer merit anything for themselves. The time for meriting graces finishes with death.

Purged souls can, however, receive our help in order to abbreviate their period of purification. This occurs in a powerful way through our prayers, with the offering of our sufferings, paying attention at Mass, specifically at funerals or at Gregorian Masses, celebrated for thirty consecutive days.

This last practice was introduced by St. Gregory the Great in the sixth century, inspired by a vision he had of a confrere who died without confessing himself and, having gone to purgatory, appeared to him, asking him to celebrate some Masses in his favor. The pope celebrated them for thirty days. At that point, the deceased appeared to him again, happy for having been admitted to paradise. One must take care: this does not mean that it will always work this way: that would be a magical attitude, unacceptable and erroneous toward a sacrament. In fact, it is solely God who decides these matters when He wills it through His divine mercy.

On the subject of Masses, it is necessary to say that they can be applied to a particular deceased, but, at the last moment, it is God who destines them to those who have a real need. For example, I often celebrate Masses for my parents, whom I believe in my conscience are already in paradise. Only God in His mercy will destine the benefits of my Masses to those who have more need, each one according to the criteria of justice and goodness reached during his life.

Regarding all that I have said, I wish warmly to advise that it is better to expiate suffering in this life and become a saint than, in a minimalist way, to aspire to purgatory, where the pains are long-lasting and heavy.

The Pains of Hell

The book of Revelation says that “the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world — he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him” (Rev. 12:9).

Why were they hurled down to the earth? Because the punishment they were given is that of persecuting men, trying to lead them to eternal hell, rendering them their unfortunate companions for an eternity of suffering and torment.

How can this drama, which involves everyone, enter into the plans of God? As we have said, the next reason is the liberty granted by God to His creatures. Certainly we know that the mission of Satan and his acolytes is to ruin man, to seduce him, to lead him toward sin, and to distance him from the full participation in divine life, to which we have all been called, which is paradise.

Then there is hell, the state in which the demons and the condemned are distanced from the Creator, the angels, and the saints in a permanent and eternal condition of damnation. Hell, after all, is self-exclusion from communion with God. As the Catechism states: “We cannot be united with God unless we freely choose to love him. But we cannot love God if we sin gravely against him, against our neighbor or against ourselves” (no. 1033). The one who dies in mortal sin without repenting goes to hell; in an impenitent way, he has not loved. It is not God who predestines a soul to hell; the soul chooses it with the way [the person] has lived his life.

We have some stories about hell that, because they are taken from private revelations or experiences, do not bind the faithful, but, nevertheless, have a notable value. I have spoken on more occasions in my books and in my interviews of the experience of St. Faustina Kowalska, who in her diary writes of her spiritual journey to hell.

It is shocking.

Stories and visions like these have to make us reflect. For this reason Our Lady of Fatima said to the seers: “Pray and offer sacrifices; too many souls go to hell because there is no one to pray and offer sacrifices for them.”

Being in the kingdom of hate, damned souls are subjected to the torment of the demons and to the sufferings they reciprocally inflict on one another. In the course of my exorcisms I have understood that there is a hierarchy of demons, just as there is with angels. More than once I have found myself involved with demons who were possessing a person and who demonstrated a terror toward their leaders.

One day, after having done many exorcisms on a poor woman, I asked the minor demon who was possessing her: “Why don’t you go away?” And he replied: “Because if I go away from here, my leader, Satan, will punish me.” There exists in hell a subjugation dictated by terror and hatred. This is the abysmal contrast with paradise, the place where everyone loves one another and where, if a soul sees someone holier, that soul is immensely happy because of the benefit it receives from the happiness of another.

Some say that hell is empty. The response to this affirmation is found in chapter 25 of Matthew’s Gospel, where it speaks of the Last Judgment: the upright will go to eternal life and the others, the cursed, will go to the eternal fire. We can certainly hope that hell is empty, because God does not wish the death of a sinner but that he convert and live (see Ezek. 33:11). For this He offers His mercy and saving grace to each one. In the Gospel of John Jesus says: “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained” (John 20:23); thus He insists on our continuous conversion supported by the grace of the sacraments, in particular the sacrament of Penance.

Returning to the question of hell, whether it is empty or not: unfortunately, I fear that many souls go there, all those who per­severe in their choice of distancing themselves from God to the end. Let us meditate often on this. Pascal said it well: “Meditation on hell has filled paradise with saints.”

The Judgment on Life

The Catechism speaks of the particular judgment: “The New Testament speaks of judgment primarily in its aspect of the final encounter with Christ in his second coming, but also repeatedly affirms that each will be rewarded immediately after death in accordance with his works and faith” (no. 1021).

And further on it adds: “Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven — through a purification or immediately — or immediate and everlasting damnation” (no. 1022). Then it adds the criterion with which this judgment will occur, taken from the writings of St. John of the Cross: “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.”

The first thing that I would emphasize is precisely this last: the final criterion of our judgment will be the love that we have had toward God and toward our brothers and sisters. How, then, will this particular judgment occur?

At times, I run into persons who are convinced that immediately after death they will meet Jesus in person and that He will give them a piece of His mind for some of their dolorous affairs. Frankly, I do not think that it will happen like this. Rather, I believe that, immediately after death, each of us will appear before Jesus, but it will not be the Lord who will review our lives and examine the good and the bad each of us has done. We ourselves shall do it, in truth and honesty.

Each one will have before himself the complete vision of his life, and he will immediately see the real spiritual state of his soul and will go where his situation will bring him. It will be a solemn moment of self-truth, a tremendous and definitive moment, as definitive as the place where we shall be sent. Let us consider the case of the person who goes to purgatory.

It will involve the sorrow of not immediately going to paradise that will make him understand that his purification on earth was not complete, and he will feel the immediate need of purifying himself. His desire of acceding to the vision of God will be strong, and the desire for liberation from the weight of the pains accumulated during his earthly life will be compelling.

The Last Judgment: It Will Be Love That Will Judge Us

Let us end with the universal judgment:

The Last Judgment will come when Christ returns in glory. Only the Father knows the day and the hour; only he de­termines the moment of its coming. Then through his Son Jesus Christ he will pronounce the final word on all history. We shall know the ultimate meaning of the whole work of creation and of the entire economy of salvation and understand the marvelous ways by which his Providence led everything towards its final end. (CCC, no. 1040)

This is one of the most difficult realities to understand. The Last Judgment coincides with the return of Christ; however we do not know the precise time it will occur. We know that it will be preceded immediately by the resurrection of the dead. In that precise moment, the history of the world will definitively and globally end. The Catechism again specifies: “In the presence of Christ, who is Truth itself, the truth of each man’s relationship with God will be laid bare [cf. John 12:49]” (no. 1039).

The essential question is: What is the concrete rapport that each man has with God? As I have mentioned, the solemn response is found in the Gospel of Mathew. The saved and the damned will be chosen on the basis of their recognition or rejection of Christ in the infirm, in the hungry, and in the poor (Matt. 25:31–46). Two essential elements emerge from this. The first is a division, a schism, between those going to paradise and those going to hell, between the saved and the condemned. The second regards the manner in which this judgment will be accomplished — with love. God’s Commandments and every other precept are summarized solely in one commandment: “[L]ove one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12).

We can easily understand that this command is addressed to each human conscience in every age, including those who lived before Christ and those, who today, as in centuries past, never heard anyone speak of the Son of Man. Therefore, the finale of this stupendous passage is the beautiful passage from Mathew: “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me” (Matt. 25:40).

If each man — apart from his religion, his culture, his epoch, and any other circumstance — has loved his neighbor, he has also loved the Lord Jesus in person. Any rapport with our brothers and sisters in any locality, any age, or any situation is, all in all, a rapport with Jesus Christ in person. Each human creature who achieves fulfillment in his human relationships is, at the same time, relating to God. For this reason, the love of neighbor is the fundamental precept of life. John the Evangelist helps us to understand that we cannot say that we love God, whom we cannot see, if we do not love our brother, whom we can see (cf. 1 John 4:20).

The love that will judge us will be the same love that we have (or have not) practiced toward others, the same love that Jesus lived in His earthly experience and taught us in the Gospels, the same love to which we are entitled through the sacraments, through prayer, and through a life of faith. The ability to love comes from grace, and it is much reduced in those who do not know Christ; and even more so in those who know Him but do not follow Him, a choice that assumes a serious sin. Indeed, Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

On the other hand, in announcing the extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis reminds us that the other fundamental aspect of the question is that the love with which we shall be judged will be the Love of mercy. “Mercy is the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us.” This mercy, he says, “is the bridge that connects God and man and opens our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”

God’s compassionate glance and His desire to live in total communion with us opens our hearts to the hope that each sin and each failure inflicted on man by his great enemy, Satan, will be looked upon with the eyes of a loving and accepting Father. Therefore, let us live full of hope, because we know that, even in the difficulties of our life’s journey, God will wipe away all the tears from our eyes. On that day “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).

Editor’s note: This article is adapted from a chapter in Fr. Amorth’s An Exorcist Explains the Demonic: The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angelswhich is available from Sophia Institute Press.

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A priest of the Congregation of San Paolo, Fr. Gabriele Amorth (1925-2016) was internationally recognized as the world’s greatest exorcist. His mission of expelling the devil through incessant dedication has earned the gratitude of thousands of believers and the esteem of the most important authorities of the Catholic Church. He has written various successful works and has a very popular radio program on Radio Maria in Rome.

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  • Bruce. R. Barker

    All priests are ordained exorcists

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    “The Soul after Death” – 2 ESDRAS 7:75-101 (Apocrypha Scripture)
    Reference: Good News Bible (Catholilic Study Edition)

  • Pax

    yes, but some are especially trained in it and exercise that role more often and more fully.

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Romans 9:16 “So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God’s mercy.”

  • Eskimo man

    Their is no such thing as Apocrypha scripture, and 2 Esdras 7: only goes up to 73.

  • Eskimo man

    Only with the authority of the Bishop.

  • Eskimo man

    Doesn’t God’s mercy depend on the decision we make?

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Appears you are mistaken. 2 Esdras is considered apocrypha scripture. Only 1 Esdras 5:1-73 goes up to to 73 verses. I suggest you go to the web and find 2 ESDRAS 7:75-101.

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Sirach 15:1-11-20 “Free Will.” As Romans 9:16 states “Everything depends on God’s mercy.”

  • Eskimo man

    Yes we need God’s Mercy, but we have to want it, we have to choose it. Quoting a couple of verses in the Bible does not give us the whole understanding of the word of God. That is why we call Protestants bible bashers.

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Scripture states to ASK, SEEK, & KNOCK! However, we do have free will not to choose to listen to God’s WORD. Nobody has the whole understanding of the Word of God. That’s why it is called Faith in the WORD! Christians should be Bible proclaimers and from the roof tops!!!

  • Eskimo man

    God’s word is not restricted to the Bible, and your private interpretation of the scriptures is not God’s word. Only Catholics are Christian, and only the Catholic Church can understand God’s word fully, considering it is the entity that declared the scriptures inspired by God in the first place. Scripture states that if you do not eat and drink the Body and Blood of Christ, you have no life John 6:54 (53 in Protestant fake bibles). Christians proclaim the Christ, not the Bible. If you do not confess your sins to a Catholic Priest standing in for Christ as a minister of Reconciliation, you are not forgiven John 20:21-23.

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Eskimo man: I am not mistaken! Appears you are giving scriptures referring to the Book of “Ezra” and the Book of “Nehemiah” per the Good News Bible (Catholic Study Edition.).” As I stated, 2 “ESDRAS” 7:75-101 is (apocrypha scripture) and is also in the Good News Bible (Catholic Study Edition.), If you want to read 2 Esdras 7:75-101 “Soul after Death,” just type in 2 “Esdras” 7:75-101 on your computer (not Ezra). If this is a false invention, then why is it in a Catholic Study Edition Bible? FYI: I am a Catholic Charismatic and only want to share the scripures that pertain to this matter/issue. God Bless on your journey with God.

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    ESKIMO MAN: I refer you to “1 Peter 1:23-25.”

  • Eskimo man

    I am not mistaken, I gave you a link to 2 Esdras 7. Didn’t you bother to look? There is no such thing as apocrypha scripture, and I failed to be able to access a CATHOLIC Good News Bible on the net. Only Protestant. Do you speak in tongues with the other Charismatics?

  • Eskimo man

    Why do you refer that verse to me? It does not oppose what I said, but confirms that the word of God is heard, not read. [25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel hath been preached unto you. (The Gospel is not a book, it is the Good News preached to those who will hear it.)

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    As I stated above, you gave me the links to “EZRA 7” and Nehemiah, not “ESDRAS 7”. Until you access 2 “Esdras 7″, you won’t know the difference! The Good News Bible (Catholic Study Edition) also has the Book of”EZRA” with 10 Chapters (pgs. 413-423.) The Book of Nehemiah with 13 Chapters (pgs. 423-439.) The Book of 1 “ESDRAS” has 9 Chapters ( pgs 1021-1037.) The Book of 2 “ESDRAS” has 16 Chapters (pgs. 1037-1065.) The Good News Bible(Catholic Study Edition) labels the “Apocrypha” scripture as “Additional Books” and are included by many Protestants in the Apocrypha. However, they are “not” accepted as canonical by Roman Catholics. Yes, I do speak in tongues with other Catholic Charismatics. How about you?God Bless

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    I referred that verse to you for your reflection and consideration. Have you been “born again?” Have you had a personal experience with God through His WORD that was proclaimed to you? The Apostle Paul in “1 Corinthians 3:1-3” is very clear in talking to children in the Christian faith.
    The Word of God proclaims the Good News! However, it maybe Christians listen but to not hear the what is proclaimed!

  • Eskimo man

    I did not give you the links to Ezra 7, I tested it, and it shows 2 Esdras 7. The book of Ezra, which has 10 chapters is the book of 1 Esdras. The book of Nehemiah with 13 chapters is the book of 2 Esdras. What ever book you are using, it is obviously not a Catholic Bible translated from the original Latin Vulgate. Apocrypha is a Protestant term used for the Deutero-canonical books of the one true Catholic Bible, which are accepted as canonical by the Catholic Church. From what I’ve seen of the Charismatics here in Australia, they are a bunch of loonies crapping on that they are more in tune with the Holy Spirit by speaking gibberish, when it is more profitable to prophecy. And they seem more like Protestants than Catholic. God Bless you in J+M+J

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    Your test is incorrect! I suggest you make a visit to your local Catholic Bookstore and ask for the Good News Bible to really test your faulty comments. The Good News Bible (Catholic Study Edition) has the “Imprimatur” of the most Reverend William H. Keeler, DD – President, National Conference of Catholic Bishops – March 10, 1993. As I previously stated – 2 “ESDRAS” is included by many Protestants in the Apocrypha. However, it is not accepted as canonical by Roman Catholics. But yet it still found in the Good News Bible (Catholic Study Edition) as an Additional book. Secondly, in regards to remarks/comments on Charismatics, I refer you to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in a letter titled “IUVENESCIT ECCLESSIA” to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church Regarding the Relationship Between Hierarchial and the Charismatic Gifts in the Life and Mission of the Church. Hopefully, this letter “IUVENESCIT ECCLESSIA” that was granted and approved by the Sovereign Pontiff Francis on May 14,2016 will give you some light on the issue.
    In closing, I too was like you at first, and thought Charismatics were a bunch of loonies. However, the Roman Catholic Church, (after 50 years of the Catholic Charismatic Movement of the Holy Spirit) has investigated and made known the stance the Roman Catholic Church has taken and entered into the Doctrine of the Faith.
    All I can advise the ESKIMO Man is to “unfreeze” and expect and experience the manifestations/gifts as stated in 1 Corinthians 12.” As the word states in verse 12, “the Holy Spirit who does all this, as he wishes, he gives a different gift to each person.” God Bless

  • Eskimo man

    Born again is Baptism, and my personal experience with God was not through His word, and I NEVER had the word of God proclaimed to me. That is exactly how Protestants get misled into their heretic religions of the antichrist occult. 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 has nothing to do with talking to children in the Catholic faith, and only true Catholics can proclaim the Good News because no Protestant knows what it is. The more you post, the more I’m convinced you are Protestant.

  • Ken Milifidel Adamson III

    The “Good News Bible” is not a Catholic Bible (even if it is called a Catholic Study Edition) I very well could be that you have been led astray by some of your own Protestant friends that know nothing of the Catholic faith but want to spin the lies they are told to tear weak Catholics into your anti-Catholic Cult … please use approved Catholic literature to reference “Catholic teaching” … thank you in advance …

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    “Baptism” – Matthew 3:11 “I baptize you with water to show that you have repented, but the one (JESUS) who will come after me will baptize you with the “Holy Spirit and fire.” Your personal experience reflects a lack of understanding of God’s Word that is proclaimed at every Roman Catholic Mass. Appears your brotherly love for other “Christains” (Protestants) is in need of serious consideration. You are correct in regards to “1 Corinthians 3:1-3.” However, it does not state children in the Catholic faith, but children in the Christian faith. All Christians are instructed to proclaim the Good News in season and out of season. As I stated, and so does the Roman Catholic Church, – “JESUS is the Way, Truth, and Life! The more you post, I am making you aware once again of 1 Corinthians 3:3 “When there is jealousy among you and you quarrel with one another, doesn’t this prove that you belong to this world, living by it’s standards? God Bless

  • disqus_yqeotfOrSf

    FYI: The Good News Bible(Catholic Study Edition) is a Holy Bible with Deuterocanonicals/Apocrypha. Approval is the “Imprimatur:” the Most Reverend William H. Keeler, D.D. – President, National Conference of Catholic Bishops – March 10, 1993. Statements you made regarding a anti-Catholic Cult are out of line and I forgive you in advance for the negative judgmentt. If you still have problems, contact the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. God Bless

  • Eskimo man

    My test is 100% correct, the Good News Bible is not taken from the Latin Vulgate, and you are the one with the faulty comments. I wouldn’t trust anything coming from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops as they have a Masonic influence. 2 Esdras is
    not Apocrypha or Deutero-Canonical, you are mistaken. You must be thinking of 3 and 4 Esdras which are not canonical, but are also not one of the 7 Deutero-canonical books Protestants erroneously call the Apocrypha either. The reason why 2 Esdras is included in your Good News Bible, is because it IS canonical. There are different types of Charismatics, and the group of
    Charismatics that were accepted by the Pope are the good ones, but the rest have strayed from Catholic teaching and spirituality. The Charismatics origins come from the Protestant Pentecostals, so that is why you seem more Protestant than Catholic. The Charismatics I’ve seen and experienced are a bunch of loonies thinking that they are more in tune with the Holy Spirit than anyone else. Trying to lay their hands on me to give me the Holy Spirit, when only Priests, Bishops, and Blessed Mary have the power to give the Holy Spirit. Speaking in tongues does no good for others.

    1 Corinthians 14:1-6: [1] Follow after charity, be zealous for spiritual gifts; but rather that you may prophesy. [2] For he that speaketh in a tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man heareth. Yet by the Spirit he speaketh mysteries. [3] But
    he that prophesieth, speaketh to men unto edification, and exhortation, and comfort. [4] He that speaketh in a tongue, edifieth himself: but he that prophesieth, edifieth the church. [5]
    And I would have you all to speak with tongues, but rather to prophesy. For greater is he that prophesieth, than he that speaketh with tongues: unless perhaps he interpret, that the church may receive edification.

    (NOTES** – [1] “Prophesy”: That is, declare or expound the mysteries of faith.
    [2] “Not unto men”: Viz., so as to be heard, that is, so as to be understood by them.)

    [6] But now, brethren, if I come to you speaking with tongues,
    what shall I profit you, unless I speak to you either in revelation, or in knowledge, or in prophecy, or in doctrine?

    I have experienced the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit before I did my first Holy Communion, and I can see the Holy Spirit working continually in my life, the thing is I want to help save souls, not speak in tongues, as it is more useful to others. God Bless in J+M+J

  • Eskimo man

    Thanks for that, I knew there was something wrong when I couldn’t find a true Catholic version on the net.

  • Eskimo man

    “Baptism” – John 3:3-7: [3] Jesus answered, and said to him: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. [4] Nicodemus saith to him: How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb, and be born again? [5] Jesus answered: Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of water and the Holy Ghost, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. [6] That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. [7]
    Wonder not, that I said to thee, you must be born again.

    (NOTE** – [5] Unless a man be born again: By these words our
    Saviour hath declared the necessity of baptism; and by the word water it is evident that the application of it is necessary with the words. Matt. 28. 19.)

    Matthew 3:11 is the Baptism by John the Baptist, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is by water, and is being born again. Your personal experience reflects a lack of understanding of God’s Word that is proclaimed at every Holy Catholic Sacrifice of the Mass. The Church cannot be “Roman” and Catholic at the same time, the Holy Roman Empire does not rule anymore. I love Protestants, that is why I inform them that they are not Christian. The Catholic faith is the Christian faith, and the Good News is Catholic from the Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and you can only find Jesus through his Body, the Holy Catholic Church, with Christ as the Head of His Body. Protestants do not follow Christ or the Bible, they follow Martin Luther who was financed by the Jews, and helped by other members of the antichrist occult, to destroy the Catholic Church. Christ has only ONE Body, if you reject that Body you reject Christ and God the Father who sent Him Luke 10:16. There is no jealousy among my Catholic brothers and sisters, and I do not quarrel with any of them. 1 Corinthians 3:3 and the whole New Testament is written by the first Catholic Priests and Bishops, to the members of the Catholic Church in the times they were written in. I belong to Christ’s Body, the Holy Catholic Church which is not of this world, it is all the heretic Protestant cults that belong to this world living by its standards, by taking scriptures out of context and basing all their faith on their own erroneous misinterpretations, according to their traditions of men. You are Protestant, not Christian by your words and understanding.

    St. Athanasius (360 AD): “let us note that the very tradition, teaching, and faith of the Catholic Church from the beginning, which the Lord gave, was preached by the Apostles, and was preserved by the Fathers. On this was the Church founded; and if anyone departs from this, he neither is nor any longer ought to be called a Christian …. “Four Letters to Serapion of Thmius 1, 28. Origen (c. 230 AD) “The teaching of the Church has indeed been handed down through an order of succession from the Apostles, and remains in the Churches even to the present time. That alone is to be believed as the truth which is in no way at variance with ecclesiastical and apostolic tradition.” Fundamental Doctrines 1, preface, 2.

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    The Introduction for the Second Book of “ESDRAS” from the Good News Bible states: “The Second Book of “ESDRAS” is primarily an apocalypse (or series of visions and revelations) that was written by an unknown Jewish author in Hebrew or Aramaic. This was translated into Greek, and an introduction and appendix of Christian origin were added. The original and Greek translation have disappeared, and the text is now preserved primarily in “Latin.” The main part of the work reports seven revelations that were given to Shealtiel (identified with Ezra) and answers questions about the problem of evil, suffering, persecution, the end of the world, judgment, and the new world. In regards to faulty comments, your comment about the U S Conference is incorrect. I stated the National Conference of Catholic Bishops! Also, to state that they have a “Masonic influence” is a personal opinion/judgment that is not worthy to make with no proof for your untrust. Also, The Good News Bibles states very clearly that the Second Book of Esdras is included by many Protestants in the Apocrypha. However, it “is not” accepted as canonical by Roman Catholics and is an additional book in the Good News Bible. In regards to Charismatics: Pope Frrancis stated his approval of the letter “IUVENESCIT ECCLESSIA.” I suggest you read that letter before deciding types, good/bad ones, and the rest you claim to have strayed from Catholic teaching and spirituality. Contrary to the “origin” of Charismatic that you state, the day of Pentecost was the “”origin” (ACTS 2.) Once again, your assumption to what “seems” has no bearing on my “Christian belief! I was raised in the Roman Catholic religion and I am still a Catholic and participate in the sacraments. However, I must remind you of 1 Timothy 6:3-5 in regards to religion. The Church is the Body and Christ is the Head (God’s secret plan-Ephesians 1:9-12.) I don’t agree with your comment about Charismatics being “loonies!” At first I believed the same, however I discovered, with the help of the Holy Spirit, how much more there was to know about the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 12.) According to fullfill this hunger/thirst for much more of the Holy Spirit I had to ask God the Father (Gospel of Luke 11:13.) to give me more of the Holy Spirit. As you see, Charismatics do not give the Holy Spirit, they stand in union with you in asking,praying, and leading you to a “New Life” in the Holy Spirit. Laying of hands is a sharing impartation of the gift of the Holy Spirit. – In closing, I pray that God gives you a clearer inlook of for the Holy Spirit a understanding

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    :2 ESDRAS 7:75-101 Go to: biblestudytools.com/gnta/2-esdras/7.html

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    See: bible study tools.com/gnta//2.esdras/7.html

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    See: 2 Esdras 7:75-101 at http:www.biblestudytools.com/gnta/2.esdras/7.html

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