To sum it up, the three vices of people are
- Love for one’s reputation
- Pride (with injustice, cruelty, and other filthy and iniquitous sins)
From these come the Four Torments of Hell:
- They are deprived of the vision of God, which
- Revives the worm of conscience, which gnaws at them continually and burns as a fire because they know that they rejected God
- The sight of the Devil and knowing their sins make them worthy to be with him
- Being burned in a fire that does not consume, according to their sins
I’ll copy the last paragraph here because it describes how sinners send themselves to Hell, and not God. This is a question that comes up frequently here on CAF:
“Out of these four torments issue all others, such as cold and heat and gnashing of the teeth and many others. Now because they did not amend themselves after the first reproof that they had of injustice and false judgment, neither in the second, which was that, in death, they would not hope in Me, nor grieve for the offense done to Me, but only for their own pain, have they thus so miserably received Eternal Punishment.”
This quote implies that everyone in life will have an opportunity from the Holy Spirit to amend their lives and turn to Him, and at the moment of death, still refuse to turn to Him in hope and with no repentance, and thus receive eternal punishment.
Reading her vision reminded me of a past discussion we had recently on CAF: Who is in Charge of Hell? because this poster wondered if there are literal worms in Hell.
I bring it up because St. Catherine describes the pain of conscience (knowing that one has rejected God and instead chosen to be miserable in Hell) as a worm that gnaws ceaselessly. I thought this was such an apt description and answers the question about worms quite well.
Disclaimer copied from the article: Although Catholics are in no way required to believe in this private revelation of St. Catherine’s, nevertheless, her writings has been held up by the Church as being worthy of belief and theologically sound.