Terry over at Abbey Roads 2 as always is hitting nails on the head in a recent post on the fear of the Lord.
"According to some notions developed from post-Vatican II theology, servile fear of God is often considered a negative, imperfect expression of devotion to be avoided. Yet servile fear is typically an initial, fundamental disposition in the spirituality of the pre-convert and newly converted soul. The fear of hell is not a bad thing, after all, it is one of the components normally expressed in a good act of contrition."
The entire post deserves a thorough read.