St. Isaac of Nineveh: hell is full of love and compassion
Even in the matter of afflictions
—the judgment of Gehenna, say—there bides a hidden mystery, whereby
the Maker has taken as a starting pointour patent willfulness, using even Hell
as a way of bringing to perfectionHis greater dispensation.
If the world to come proves entirely the realm
of mercy, love, and goodness,how then a final state that claims
requital for its measure?
That we should think that hell
is not also fullof love and mingled with compassion
would be an insult to our God.By saying He will deliver us
to suffering without purpose, wemost surely sin. We blaspheme also if we say
that He will act with spite or with a vengeful purpose,as if He had a need to avenge Himself.
—Adapted from the writings of St. Isaac of Nineveh by Scott Cairns, Love’s Immensity: Mystics on the Endless Life (Brewster, MA: Paraclete Press, 2007), 78.