God is so pure and holy that the soul with stains of sin cannot be in the presence of the Divine Majesty.
But its fire is an interior one. The fire of the justice and grace of God. Benedict XVI has explained this in an audience with 7,000 pilgrims. But even more in a memorable page of the encyclical "Spe Salvi"The article can be read in its entirety here.
by Sandro Magister