The Vision of Hell

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Vision of Hell

What is the Vision of Hell?

After Effects on the Children


On July 13, 1917, Our Lady appeared once again to the three children as promised. This time it was to announce a secret. A secret that continues to mesmerize the world to this very day…

Our Lady gave the Secret to the children in three parts. And the first part was to have a very profound and lasting effect on the children… it was a vision of hell.

It is this first part of the Secret that is most important because it is a reminder of the eternity and the reality of hell which threatens every soul.

As Lucy recounts, Our Lady had just instructed the children on the value of sacrifice:

“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners, and say many times, especially when you make some sacrifice: ‘O Jesus, it is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.’”

Then Lucy writes:

“As Our Lady spoke these last words, She opened Her hands once more, as She had done during the two previous months. The rays of light seemed to penetrate the earth, and we saw as it were a sea of fire.

“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 huge fires, without weight or equilibrium, amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. (It must have been this sight which caused me to cry out, as people say they heard me.)

“The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repellent likeness to frightful and unknown animals, black and transparent like burning coals.

“This vision only lasted a moment, thanks to our good Mother in Heaven who, in the first apparition, had promised to take us to Heaven. Were it not for that, I believe we would have died out of fright and fear.”

Terrified and deathly pale, the children looked up to the Blessed Virgin who explained, “You have seen hell, where the souls of poor sinners go.”

It was then that Our Lady proposed the only remedy which can preserve us: devotion and recourse to Her Immaculate Heart.

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After Effects on the Children


Sister Lucy never ceased to repeat that the vision of hell profoundly marked the souls of the three seers. On May 13, 1936, she would even write:

“... This vision which would make such an impression on all three, especially Jacinta, whose character was even changed.”

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