The Four Last Thing -
Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell


The Four Last Things and the Seven Deadly Sins - by BOSCH, Hieronymus - from Museo del Prado, Madrid . . . . . . .
The circular layout with God in the centre represents God's All-Seeing Eye: No Sin goes Unnoticed. In the Corners
of the Image appear the "Four Last Things" (the Last Four Stages of Life): Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell.
(Click on Image to Enlarge)

 

The Active Study of the Four Last Things
and the Deep Consideration of them,
is the thing that will keep you from Sin.

--Saint Thomas More

 

The Four Last Things -
Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell

from the Catechism of Trent

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Advantages of Deep Meditation on The Four Last Things

But in order that the Faithful may Appreciate the Fruit they Derive from a Knowledge of so Many and such Exalted Mysteries, it is necessary, First of all, to Point-out that to God, Who has Hidden these things from the Wise and made them Known to Little Ones, we Owe a Debt of Boundless Gratitude. How many Men, Eminent for Wisdom or Endowed with Singular Learning, who ever Remained Blind to this Most Certain Truth! The fact, then, that He has made known to us these Truths, although we could never have Aspired-to such Knowledge, Obliges us to Pour-forth our Gratitude in Unceasing Praises of His Supreme Goodness and Clemency.

Another Important Advantage to be Derived-from Reflection on this Article is that in it, we shall find Consolation, both for Ourselves and Others when we Mourn the Death of those who were Endeared to us by Relationship or Friendship. Such was the Consolation which the Apostle himself gave the Thessalonians when Writing to them Concerning those who are Asleep.

Again, in all our Afflictions and Calamities, the Thought of a Future Resurrection must bring the Greatest Relief to the Troubled Heart, as we learn from the Example of Holy Job, who supported his Afflicted and Sorrowing Soul by this One (1) Hope that the day would come when, in the Resurrection, he would Behold the Lord his God.

The same thought must also prove a Powerful Incentive to the Faithful to use every Exertion to lead Lives of Rectitude and Integrity, Unsullied by the Defilement of Sin. For if they Reflect that those Boundless Riches, which will follow after the Resurrection are now Offered to them as Rewards, they will be easily Attracted to the Pursuit of Virtue and Piety.

On the other hand, nothing will have Greater Effect in Subduing the Passions and withdrawing Souls from Sin, than Frequently to Remind the Sinner of the Miseries and Torments with which the Reprobate will be visited, who on the Last Day will come-forth unto the Resurrection of Judgment.

 

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Treatises on the Four Last Things

(by Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Four Last Things - Part I: Death

(by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Four Last Things - Part II: Judgment

(by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Four Last Things - Part III: Hell

(by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Four Last Things - Part IV: Heaven

(by Father Paul K. Raftery, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) What is Heaven

(A Short Synopsis of the Bliss of Heaven)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Torments of Hell

(A Short Synopsis of the Torments of Hell)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Hound of Heaven

(A Religious Poem "The Hound of Heaven" by British Catholic Poet Francis Thompson)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Particular Judgment & General (Last/Final) Judgment

(Compiled from various Sources including the
Catechism of the Catholic Church)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Judgment and the Laws of the Universe

(by Father Patrick J. McHugh)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Last Day and the General Judgment

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Rapture

(by Theologian, Father William G. Most; with several Audio Clips from various EWTN Television Series)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Resurrection of the Body

(from the Catechism of Saint Thomas Aquinas)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Resurrection of the Body

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Our Eternal Reward

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Prayer of Preparation for Death

(by Saint Joseph Cafasso - Professor of Moral Theology, Renowned Confessor and Priest of the Gallows)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Reflections on Purgatory

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Protection of the Good Angels at Death

(Thoughts by various Saints, including a Poem by the Venerable Cardinal John Henry Newman)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Indulgences are not a 'Quick-Ticket' to Heaven

(by Father John Dietzen)

 angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Indulgences

(Summary of the Enchiridion of Indulgences (1968) issued under
Pope Paul VI - by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Chief Suffering in Purgatory

(by Theologian, Father William G. Most)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Catechesis on Purgatory

(by Pope John Paul II, during a General Audience on
Wednesday, 4 Aug 1999)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) In My Father's House there are many Mansions

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Battle for Heaven

(A Synopsis of the Fall of Lucifer and his Followers)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Final Battle

(A look a Marian Involvement during the Last Times)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Render an Account

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Eternal Punishment

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Parable of Lazarus

(The Parable of Lazarus and Dives; or How to Catch a Monkey)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) The Pains of Hell

(by Saint Anthony Mary Claret)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) On the Pains of Hell

(by Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) On the Particular Judgment

(by Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Reparation for Sin

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Time and Eternity

(by Father Paul A. Duffner, O.P.)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) Amplifying Thoughts on Time and Eternity

(from the Catholic Encyclopedia)

angel_02.gif (2330 bytes) Time and Eternity

(A compilation by Mark Brumley, Managing Editor of The Catholic Faith Magazine; and other sources)

angel_01.gif (2832 bytes) The Sacrament of Anointing

(Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen examines this Sacrament of Healing. God, in His Mercy, has prepared a Sacrament for the Dread Moment, when Personality is confronted with its Load of Sin)