If we read the writings of many of the saints, we can get a clear picture of the gruesome nature of hell. The description of hell is not sugar-coated in any way in their writings. It seems that now we shy away from pondering these realities. Once again, I think we do that at our own peril.
Avoidance of hell is not the purest motivation for living a devout life. However, it can be a useful tool to help keep us focused on loving our good and omniscient God. The ultimate goal is to be so in love with God that we never do anything to cause offense. Meditating on the four last things will help us in this journey.
Saint Lucy, assist those with diseases of the eye to find healing.
Saint Lucy, help all of us to see more clearly with the eyes of faith!