Debris from ceiling fell after denying existence of hell

 

His Holiness Pope Francis

With the world concerned with fake news these days I do not know what to believe anymore.

Take for instance the recent news about Pope Francis being quoted proclaiming that “there is no hell”.

This negation of the existence of hell by no less than the pope himself reportedly came from an interview by known atheist Eugenio Scalfari, 93, an Italian journalist who is the founder of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper, which carried the news item.

According to Scalfari’s article published three days before Easter, he asked the Pope where “bad souls” go and where they are punished and the following was allegedly the pope’s sensational reply:

“Souls are not punished,” the Pope was quoted as saying in the Repubblica piece. “Those who repent obtain God’s forgiveness and go among the ranks of those who contemplate him, but those who do not repent and cannot be forgiven disappear. There is no hell – there is the disappearance of sinful souls.”

The Vatican, however, issued a statement after the comments spread like wildfire on social media, saying, the pope never granted the interview and the story was “the result of (the reporter’s) reconstruction,” not a “faithful transcription of the words of the Holy Father.”

Scalfari is known for not using tape recorders or taking notes during interviews.

But what makes this news intriguing is another sensational occurrence relative to it that has been reported, saying, that the Vatican has had to seal off part of St. Peter’s Basilica after chunks of plaster fell from the ceiling just hours after Pope Francis alleged to have proclaimed that ‘Hell’ does not exist.

The report said that bits of the ceiling rained down over worshippers near Michelangelo’s famed Pieta statue to the right of the main entrance, although no one was injured.

This is even harder to believe – I mean the matter of coincidence.

Although the Catholic Church doctrine affirms the existence of hell, one can’t really help sometimes asking ourselves if, indeed, there is truth about the existence of hell.

This is especially true in my case because when I was in my early teens I happened to know an old, religious lady, who, upon knowing that I speak Spanish, made it a point to converse with me in the Castilian language, a language she has been longing to speak, I presumed.

Anyway, among the many subjects we talked about in the many months that I knew her, we touched on the topic of heaven and hell.

I will never forget and will always treasure her wise interpretation of heaven and hell. She told me that if one lives a happy, fulfilling life on earth, that one is in heaven already, but if one lives a problematic, miserable life on earth, then you are in hell.

Life is how you make it.

Being endowed with free will, man has only to contend with this simple understanding.

 

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Golf’s 18-hole course applies to life

 

Golf is a familiar sport to Filipinos, too.

A standard golf course has 18 holes, numbered 1 through 18. The first nine holes are referred to as the “front nine,” and the last nine holes – holes 10 through 18 – are called the “back nine” or the final nine holes.

It is in this context that I am sharing with you the story of ‘The Back Nine of Life’ posted by Norm McEvoy at this website: http://theeducator.ca/philosophy/the-back-nine-of-life/.

The reason why I am sharing this is because golf’s 18-hole course applies to all people’s life sooner and later.

I find it even more significant when you have siblings (there are 8 of us remaining, with 2 passing away earlier in life) who are all playing now the best way we could in our own respective ways and enduring the back nine of our lives.

Like our parents before us whom we remembered leaving behind when they were in their last nine holes because it was already our turn to play the front nine of our lives outside the confines of our home and town, we find ourselves now in their predicament as our own children are away playing in their respective first nine holes with the intensity to succeed the 18-hole course of life.

The following story explains what I mean.

The Back Nine of Life (author unknown)

I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING IT FAST TILL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE.
I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER,  READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD.
THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!”             AND THEN IT IS WINTER!”

You know … time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that I was young, just married and embarking on my new life with my mate. Yet in a way, it seems like eons ago, and I wonder where all the years went. I know that I lived them all. I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams.
But, here it is… the back nine of my life and it catches me by surprise…
How did I get here so fast? Where did the years go and where did my youth go? I remember well seeing older people through the years and thinking that those older people were years away from me and that I was only on the first hole and the back nine was so far off that I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like. But, here it is!!…my friends are retired and getting grey…they move slower and I actually see and recognize an older person now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than I…but, I see the great change…
Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant…but, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those older folks that we used to see and never thought we’d become. Each day now, I find that just getting out and going for a walk is a real target for the day! And taking a nap is not a treat anymore… it’s mandatory! Cause if I don’t on my own free will… I’ll just fall asleep where I sit!
And so…now I enter into this new season of my life all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability to go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!! But, at least I know, that though I’m on the back nine, and I’m not sure how long it will last…this I know, that when it’s over on this earth…a new adventure will begin!
Yes, I have regrets. There are things I wish I hadn’t done, things I should have done, but indeed, there are many things I’m happy to have done. It’s all in a lifetime. So, if you’re not on the back nine yet…let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think. So, whatever you would like to accomplish in your life please do it quickly!
Don’t put things off too long!! Life goes by quickly.

So, do what you can today, as you can never be sure whether you’re on the back nine or not! You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life…so, live for today and say all the things that you want your loved ones to remember…and hope that they appreciate and love you for all the things that you have done for them in all the years past!!
“Life” is a gift to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.     Make it a fantastic one.
LIVE IT WELL! DO SOMETHING JUST FOR FUN! BE HAPPY !
“It is health that is real wealth and not the pieces of gold and silver.

 

 

 

 

Frases sobre el conocimiento de si mismo (Phrases about knowing oneself)

 

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Translation: Those who choose the path of the heart , will never go wrong !

 

buda

Translation: Everything that bothers you in other persons, are only the projection of what you have not resolved within yourself.

 

buda2

Translation: Happiness does not depend on what you have or who you are.  It is based solely on how you think.

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Translation: With time everything will fall into its place.  Before then laugh at the confusion, live the moments and understand that everything happens for a reason.

 

Esta ultima ilustracion tambien creo que es sobre el conocimiento de si mismo. (This last illustration I also believe is about knowing oneself.  – Quierosaber)

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Translation: Whoever drinks beer lives less… less stressed, less worried, less sad and less bitter.

 

Mas refranes sabios (More wise sayings)

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Translation:

Life is like an echo…
What you give, you get
What you sow, you reap
What you see in others, is your own reflection
Life is like an echo
You always get back what what you give.

ref2

It is not important how many sacred words you have read,
It does not matter how many you have said,
They are of no use if you do not act in accordance with them.

ref3

A good heart is the best religion.

ref4

When the last tree would have been cut,
the last river poisoned,
the last fish caught,
only then will man discover that money cannot be eaten.

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If you have a problem without a solution,
why do you worry?
If it has a solution,
why do you worry?

Aforismos sobre la cerveza (Aphorisms about beer)

Encuentro algunos de estos aforismos sobre la cerveza en la vida de los que les gustan beber interesante y divertida (y veraz?) que yo no puedo sino compartir con ustedes los imagenes. Saludos! (I find some of the aphorisms about the beer in the life of those who loves drinking it interesting and funny that I could not help but share it with you the images. Cheers!)

 

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Vodka + ice = damages the kidney

Rum + ice = damages the liver

Whisky + ice = damages the heart

Beer + ice = damages the brain

Wow…how much damage does ice make

beer2

The one who drinks beer live less…

Less stressed,

Less busy

Less sad and

Less bitter.

beer3

If I disappear, don’t put my

picture on milk cartons.

Put them on beer bottles, coz

if not, my friends will never see them.

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The beer and the                                     The Corona must                             The Victoria must be

family in man’s life.                                 be the wife because                         lover because she is

she is number 1.                                the best of all.

 

The XX Lager must                                 The Sol must be the                          The Cahuama must be

be the daughter because                         mother-in-law because                    the prostitute because

she always gives one                                she is never liked.                              everyone uses her but they

the headache.                                                                                                           all deny it.