“Souls Falling Into Hell Like Snowflakes” – 10 Saintly Quotes on Hell

“I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.” – St. Teresa of Avila

Gustave Dore's famous interpretation of Virgil & Dante crossing the River Styx

Listers, the following saintly quotes focus on the narrow path of salvation and the fewness of those who will apparently achieve the heavenly reward. In an era that consistently opines a broad if not universal path to salvation, it is difficult but necessary to remind ourselves of the grim reality of hell.

While thinking of hell, let us call to mind the Fatima prayer:

Oh my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Catechism of the Catholic Church: On Hell

Catholic Encyclopedia: On Hell

Gustave Dore's rendition of the Gluttonous in Dante's Inferno

The Small Number

St. Louis Marie de Montfort

Be one of the small number who find the way to life, and enter by the narrow gate into Heaven. Take care not to follow the majority and the common herd, so many of whom are lost. Do not be deceived; there are only two roads: one that leads to life and is narrow; the other that leads to death and is wide. There is no middle way.

Falling into Hell Like Snowflakes

St. Teresa of Avila

I had the greatest sorrow for the many souls that condemned themselves to Hell, especially those Lutherans. […] I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes.

Wheat & Chaff

St. Augustine

The Lord called the world a “field” and all the faithful who draw near to him “wheat.” All through the field, and around the threshing-floor, there is both wheat and chaff. But the greater part is chaff; the lesser part is wheat, for which is prepared a barn not a fire. […] The good also are many, but in comparison with the wicked the good are few. Many are the grains of wheat, but compared with the chaff, the grains are few.

The Burning Wicked

Pope St. Gregory the Great

The more the wicked abound, so much the more must we suffer with them in patience; for on the threshing floor few are the grains carried into the barns, but high are the piles of chaff burned with fire.

The Many

St. Francis Xavier

How many souls turn away from the road to glory, and go to hell!

Gustave Dore's depiction of the traitorous souls frozen in Cocytus.

Even Those Within Our Walls

Pope St. Gregory the Great

There are many who arrive at the faith, but few who are led into the heavenly kingdom. Behold how many are gathered here for today’s Feast-Day: we fill the church from wall to wall. Yet who knows how few they are who shall be numbered in that chosen company of the Elect?

Slaves of the Devil

St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori

The greater number of men still say to God: Lord we will not serve Thee; we would rather be slaves of the devil, and condemned to Hell, than be Thy servants. Alas! The greatest number, my Jesus – we may say nearly all – not only do not love Thee, but offend Thee and despise Thee. How many countries there are in which there are scarcely any Catholics, and all the rest either infidels or heretics! And all of them are certainly on the way to being lost.

The 80,000

St. Anthony Mary Claret

A multitude of souls fall into the depths of Hell, and it is of the faith that all who die in mortal sin are condemned for ever and ever. According to statistics, approximately 80,000 persons die every day. How many of these will die in mortal sin, and how many will be condemned! For, as their lives have been, so also will be their end.

The Self-Determined

St. Augustine

As a man lives, so shall he die.

The Living Damned

St. Vincent de Paul

Ah! A great many persons live constantly in the state of damnation!

  • carl

    Hell is bad, have heaven as your goal and do not give up!

  • Spurgin

    Could you please include citations for quotes? Some of these are possibly misapplied in attribute.

    • Jim

      These saints have spoken

  • Nancy Reisiger Rice

    If we avail ourselves to frequent prayer, the rosary, the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Holy Communion, attending Mass every Sunday, following God and sacrifice for Him are easy for those whose souls burn with love of God.

  • David Carlon

    Amen. One only has to look around and sadly note that few will be saved… we live in a wicked self worshiping generation enslaved to mortal sin. Universalism is a pandemic heresy among many Catholics.

  • Christopher

    Can you please let me know from where the saying of St. Louis Marie de Montfort was take. Thanks

  • Following the teaching of the church will enable souls to over come the world the flesh and the devil. However, fervent souls are few and luke warmness has crept into the church. Our country condones abortion, same sex marriage and now threatens to take away our first amendment rights. Let’s pray that God will send holy people to overcome this culture of death and destruction. We live in evil times.

  • Please provide citations for quotes. Believers should be able to look these up in the saints’ works directly. Otherwise, how do we know that the saint really said what this site says they said?

  • MissMaryJane

    Wow, people, it’s as though you don’t have access to computers or the ability to look them up for yourselves. Try some independent research & verify them yourselves. It’s not hard.

  • Many souls in the world do not follow Jesus Christ and these people we should pray for that they be converted and follow Jesus Christ. I hope that your prayers in Divine Mercy are said everyday to reach and convert the many billions that need to be converted.