This booklet, What Will Hell Be Like, is a selection from the writings of the incomparable Doctor of the Church, St. Alphonsus Liguori. Not only is it an authoritative statement on the subject, it is also on one of the most important subjects that people can read about in our time-when there is so much emphasis on materialism and sensual pleasure.
Hell is a reality; it is a doctrine of the Catholic Faith; Our Lord spoke most clearly about it; Scripture reinforces the fact; but people do not want to think about it. Nonetheless, meditation on the reality and sufferings and eternity of Hell are for us all the most sobering warning to lead a good life and follow the law of God.
Consequently, this booklet is being made available at the lowest possible price for quantity distribution, in order to reach as many people as possible. The issue is the salvation of souls and peace in the world.
St. Alphonsus Liguori
St. Alphonsus Liguori was born in 1696 to Neapolitan nobility at Marianella, Italy. He became a recognisable lawyer after going through law school at the age of sixteen, but later decided to leave law in favor of giving his salvation more attention. Alphonsus joined the Oratory of St. Philip Neri as a seminarian and was ordained in 1726, when he was thirty. The homilies he gave had the special ability of converting those who had fallen away from the faith. He also founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer, and authored such works as The Glories of Mary, The True Spouse of Jesus Christ, Attaining Salvation, The Blessed Virgin Mary, Preparation for Death Abridged, What Will Hell Be Like?, The Twelve Steps to Holiness and Salvation, and The Way of the Cross.
After being a bishop for over a decade, St. Alphonsus Liguori died on the first of August, 1787. He was canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839, and declared a Doctor of the Church in 1871. His feast is celebrated on August 1.