Friday, 31 August 2018

4 Sections of Hell according to Thomas Aquinas (by Dr Taylor Marshall)

Dr Taylor Marshall discusses the divisions of Hell as explained by the Angelic Doctor. 

Most Catholics do not realise that there are Old Testament Saints, St Moses, St David, and especially dear to all Carmelites, St Elias and St Eliseus. Dr Marshall explains where they were prior to the Crucifixion and how they got to Heaven.

Since this discussion is mostly concerned with limbus patrum (the Limbo of the Fathers), it seems like an opportune time to share one of my two, all time favourite poems (I'll share the other soon). I don't care how many times I read this poem, I cannot do so without tears! 

LIMBO by Sister Mary Ada

The ancient greyness shifted
Suddenly and thinned
Like mist upon the moors
Before a wind.
An old, old prophet lifted
A shining face and said :
“He will be coming soon.
The Son of God is dead;
He died this afternoon.”


A murmurous excitement stirred
All souls.
They wondered if they dreamed ---
Save one old man who seemed
Not even to have heard.

And Moses standing,
Hushed them all to ask
If any had a welcome song prepared.
If not, would David take the task?
And if they cared
Could not the three young children sing
The Benedicite, the canticle of praise
They made when God kept them from perishing
In the fiery blaze?

A breath of spring surprised them,
Stilling Moses’ words.
No one could speak, remembering
The first fresh flowers,
The little singing birds.
Still others thought of fields new ploughed
Or apple trees 
All blossom - boughed.
Or some, the way a dried bed fills
With water
Laughing down green hills.
The fisherfolk dreamed of the foam
On bright blue seas.
The one old man who had not stirred
Remembered home.

And there He was
Splendid as the morning sun and fair
As only God is fair.
And they, confused with joy,
Knelt to adore
Seeing that he wore
Five crimson stars
He never had before.

No canticle at all was sung.
None toned a psalm, or raised a greeting song.
A silent man alone
Of all that throng
Found tongue ----
Not any other.
Close to His heart
When the embrace was done,
Old Joseph said,
“How is Your Mother,
How is Your Mother, Son?”

(The Mary Book an anthology by F.J.Sheed. Published by Sheed and Ward 1950.)





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