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The End of The Present World - And The Mysteries Of The Future Life

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"Reading this book was one of the greatest graces of my life! The impression I received from it is too intimate and too sweet for me to express. All the great truths of religion, the mysteries of eternity, plunged into my soul a happiness not of this earth." - St. Thérèse of Lisieux

It was while reading this amazing book that St. Therese, the Little Flower, asked her father's permission to enter the convent.

In the late nineteenth century, Father Charles Arminjon, a priest from the mountains of southeastern France, assembled his flock in the town cathedral to preach a series of conferences to help them turn their thoughts away from this life’s mean material affairs—and toward the next life’s glorious spiritual reward. His wise and uncompromising words deepened in them the spirit of recollection that all Christians must have: the abiding conviction that heavenly aims, not temporal enthusiasms, must guide everything we think, say, and do.

When Father Arminjon’s conferences were later published in a book, many others were able to reap the same benefit—including fourteen-year-old Thérèse Martin, then on the cusp of entering the Carmelite convent in Lisieux. Reading it, she says, “plunged my soul into a happiness not of this earth.” Young Thérèse, filled with a sense of “what God reserves for those who love him, and seeing that the eternal rewards had no proportion to the light sacrifices of life,” copied out numerous passages and memorized them, “repeating unceasingly the words of love burning in my heart.”

Now the very book that so inspired the Little Flower is available for the first time in English.

Let the pages of The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life fill you with the same burning words of love, with the same ardent desire to know God above all created things, that St. Thérèse gained from them. Let them also enrich your understanding of certain teachings of the Faith that can often seem so mysterious, even frightening:

  • The signs that will precede the world’s end
  • The coming of the Antichrist, and how to recognize him
  • The Judgment and where it may send us: heaven, hell, and purgatory
  • Biblical end-times prophecy: how to read it and not be deceived

Jesus commands us to be ever-watchful for his return, and ever-mindful that we have no lasting city on earth. The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life is an invaluable aid to inculcating in your spirit that heavenly orientation, without which true human happiness cannot be found—in this world or the next.

Father Charles Arminjon (1824 - 1885) was a French priest who gained great renown for his ability to inspire in his listeners a deeper and more ardent love for Christ. A sought-after homilist and spiritual director, throughout France and abroad he delivered sermons, ran retreats, and preached conferences - the most famous of which form the basis of the book The End of the Present World.

Table of Contents:

Preface
Foreword

The End of the World: The Signs That Will Precede It and the Circumstances That Will Accompany It
The Persecution by the Antichrist and the Conversion of the Jews
The resurrection of the Dead and the General Judgment
The Place of Immortal Life and the State of Glorified Bodies After the Resurrection
Purgatory
Eternal Punishment and the Unfortunate Destiny
Eternal beatitude and the Supernatural Vision of God
Christian Sacrifice, the Means of Redemption
The Mystery of Suffering in Its Relationship with the Future Life

Biographical Note: Charles-Marie-Antoine Arminjon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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1933184388
9781933184388
310
8 1/2"  (21.5 cm) x 5 1/2"  (13.9 cm) x 1"  (2.54 cm)
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2008

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