Quote of the Day

Some Jewish mystics believe that the burning that is associated with the concept of Hell is not a literal burning, but the wretched, face-flaming embarrassment we feel in the presence of the Holy One, Blessed Be He, when He shows us our life and we realize how much better we could have done, how far short we fell of our potential.


This lovely young lady (my age or maybe a bit older) is probably my favorite blogger.  Always funny, always spot-on.  And here, she speaks of punishment being within us for recognizing our own failures rather than imposed from without.

About vonMesser

Retired from the US Navy (21 years) and state (20 years). Recently remarried after being widowed for 5 years. 2 daughters, and a step-daughter, all functioning adults). Graduated from college after the Navy with BA in Education, psychology, Economics, History and Political Science. Teach Hunter Safety for Washington (since 1991) and do historical reenactments for Civil War, WW-1and WW-2.
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6 Responses to Quote of the Day

  1. Uriel says:

    The Bible clearly notes the same Von. But it does mention a final lake of fire.

    • vonmesser says:

      As a lifetime Catholic and teacher of CCD, I am somewhat familiar with the Bible. Here I was using a source outside my (and most of our) beliefs to show that there are a number of similarities. And, personally, I think I would find the embarrassment of failure before HIM as painful as the lake of brimstone part.

  2. Hardnox says:

    Crap vM… you ruined my mental image of all those lefties burning in hell.

  3. captbogus2 says:

    I don’t think so. It would take a conscience to endure that particular kind of Hell. Evil minds have no conscience.