Catholic quotations from the Church Doctors, Church Fathers and all the great Catholic minds.
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The first gate of Hell is hatred. As Paradise is the kingdom of love, so Hell is the kingdom of hatred. Father, says such a person, I am grateful to and love my friends, but I cannot endure him who does me an injury. Now, brother, you must know that the barbarians, the Turks and Indians say and do all this: Do not also the heathens this? says the Lord. To wish well to him who serves you is a natural thing; it is done not only by the infidel, but even by the brutes and wild beasts. But I say to you. Hear what I say to you says Jesus Christ; hear My law, which is a law of love: Love your enemies.
--St. Alphonsus Liguori. Six Discourses on Natural Calamities, Divine Threats, and the Four Gates of Hell