Hello, I am new here. I don’t know if this is the correct spot to post this, but I thought I’d give it a shot.
So a couple of weeks ago a friend and I were talking about what happens after we die. I know that we will end up in one of three places - heaven, purgatory, or hell. What is getting to me, though, is this one thing my friend told me about hell. He said that hell is basically like an eternity of solitary confinement. As soon as he told me this, I suddenly got really scared. I am not usually one who worries much, but the idea of an eternity spent alone thinking about all your regrets and mistakes causes me such anxiety. I’ll be enjoying a good time, and then suddenly start thinking about a dreaded eternity in hell, and I suddenly become so depressed. After all, an eternity is way longer than I can even fathom.
By saying that I’m worried about this, I’m not saying that I’m a bad person. The one thing that worsens my worry, though, is the fact that I rarely attend Mass on Sundays. How can I solve this problem? If I go to confession, confess my sins, and start a habit of going to church every weekend, do you think I’ll be sitting in a better position? What can I do to lower my anxiety level about the whole “fear of hell” thing? Anything would be very much appreciated.