Featured Image

July 31, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Michael O’Brien is a Catholic novelist, writer, painter, and speaker. He is the author of the best-selling book Father Elijah: An Apocalypse, which has been translated into twelve languages. On this part 2 of a two-part episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, he talks with me about hell and the end-times, about having hope amid the chaos in the Church, and about the role Mary plays in salvation history.

An author of more than thirty books, O’Brien told me there is “no ambiguity” about the fact that souls end up in hell. “Jesus talked about” that, he said. “It is a heresy to say there is no eternal damnation.”

People are at different stages of consciousness in realizing that hell is real, he added. But God desires all men to be saved. Still, “he can’t force salvation on anyone.” They have to choose it.

O’Brien, a former non-believer, says he had a lot of pride before converting to Catholicism. He recommends that Catholics pray and fast for souls to come to Christ. He also said he gets hope amid the mass apostasy in the Church from the sacraments of confession and the Eucharist.

O’Brien currently serves as artist and writer in residence at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom college in Barry’s Bay, Canada. He told me that the repeated warnings from Mary, the mother of God, has been a continual call to penance. He also warned about the years ahead and the end-times.

“The Lord is coming,” O'Brien said. “He will purify the Church. He will bring mercy and truth.” “All of us will be tested…we will need hope in a way we haven't had until now.”

The John-Henry Westen Show is available by video on the show’s YouTube channel, and right here on my LifeSite blog.

It is also available in audio format on platforms such as SpotifySoundcloud, and Pippa. We are awaiting approval for iTunes and Google Play as well. To subscribe for the audio version on various channels, visit the webpage here.

We’ve created a special email list for the show so that we can notify you every week when we post a new episode. Please sign up now by clicking here

You can also subscribe to the YouTube channel, and you’ll be notified by YouTube when there is new content.

You can send me feedback, or ideas for show topics by emailing [email protected]

Featured Image

John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

He has spoken at conferences and retreats, and appeared on radio and television throughout North America, Europe and Asia. John-Henry founded the Rome Life Forum an annual strategy meeting for pro-life leaders worldwide. He co-founded Voice of the Family and serves on the executive of the Canadian National March for Life Committee, and the annual National Pro-Life Youth Conference.

He is a consultant to Canada’s largest pro-life organization Campaign Life Coalition, and serves on the executive of the Ontario branch of the organization.  He has run three times for political office in the province of Ontario representing the Family Coalition Party.

John-Henry earned an MA from the University of Toronto in School and Child Clinical Psychology and an Honours BA from York University in Psychology.


Commenting Guidelines
LifeSiteNews welcomes thoughtful, respectful comments that add useful information or insights. Demeaning, hostile or propagandistic comments, and streams not related to the storyline, will be removed.

LSN commenting is not for frequent personal blogging, on-going debates or theological or other disputes between commenters.

Multiple comments from one person under a story are discouraged (suggested maximum of three). Capitalized sentences or comments will be removed (Internet shouting).

LifeSiteNews gives priority to pro-life, pro-family commenters and reserves the right to edit or remove comments.

Comments under LifeSiteNews stories do not necessarily represent the views of LifeSiteNews.