Four high school friends and I went under cover of night, conscious that we were flirting with the danger of everlasting fire
- in the 1950s it was a mortal sin for Catholics to attend non-Catholic services.
In describing the Final Judgement, Our Lord tells us that he will say to the wicked, "Depart from Me ye accursed into everlasting fire
, which was prepared for the devil and his angels.
Those on the right shall inherit the Kingdom of God while those on the left will be cast into everlasting fire
, it says.
Ferre's father "listened with fascination as the preacher demonstrated that attempts to shield lives and property from lightning in this world would be requited with fire - everlasting fire
- in the next.
Yes, as a good Catholic boy back then I wanted to be a priest, but only, I suspect, because it was a sure way to get into the kingdom of heaven which, even when I was seven, I figured was a better deal than the everlasting fires