EWTN is broadcasting about Hell at the moment. It inspired me to write something about judgment.
To measure whether we are progressing toward Hell or Heaven, we have to somehow sens our hearts and check how much love for others we have and how much it grows or decreases in time.
We always have to remember that we are always judged on love. The temporal judgement as well as the last one. They are all based on the commandement of the Judge: "Love God with all your mind, heart, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself".
We should take God seriously about the matter of love, sin, and judgement. It is not for nothing that Jesus suffered and kept talking about Hell throught all his teachings.
About judgment, here is The Visions of Sadhu Sundar Singh of India. It is important to understand this kind of reading in light of the teachings of the Church.
Finally, we have to remember that Jesus gave his disciples power to forgive sins. Priests in the confessional are judges of mercy and we are both the accuser and the accused.
Schoenstatt prayer of contrition:
Father, may the Savior's Precious Blood
atone for everything
which grieved your fatherly heart
because we did not love you enough.
Heed the pleas of our Mother
and let her be our advocate.
Kindly accept her merits
and look on us with a father's mercy.
Our hearts were often obstinate
when the world enticed us.
We were often inattentive
when you expressed your wishes.
Many hidden reservations
made our hearts tired and cold,
while many evil passions
diminished the strength of our love
Often our deeds angered you
what our preaching and words
had continuously proclaimed.
Often we misused our time
and missed opportunity to do good.
Our omissions weigh heavily upon us
for they have deprived us of your grace.
Our ideal was therefore darkened
and caused you anguish
the day's struggle was uninspired
because spirit was lacking and deeds were few.
(examination of conscience)