A reader (a pastor who has faced these questions from his congregation) asks:
“Many people still question the use of the term 'hell' in the Creed. Some are even upset because for them it connotes eternal damnation and irreparable separation from God, despite the best efforts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to explain it's reintroduction in the Creed replacing the term 'the dead'. Even article 635 of the Catechism uses the term 'death' rather than 'hell'. How can we help people to better understand this in light of the long popular understanding of 'hell' which, in all honesty was taught very vigorously by many clerics in the past?”
Thank you for your question Father!
Could anyone argue that alienation isn't a two-way affair? Isn't it true that a sense of separation from self goes hand-in-hand with separation from others--that alienation from others follows a thwarting of the call of the true self that is inscribed within?
Every Advent, I enter into the season with the best of intentions for a blessed and holy Advent journey. And then the madness that is December hits and I find myself at Christmas Eve mass wondering ….. ”How did I get here?” Despite my best intentions, I realize that Advent is gone, Christmas is here, and I am unprepared, not at peace and frustrated!