The Four Last Things: A Catechetical Guide to Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell
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Few things in this earthly life are absolutely certain, but the most undebatable of these is death. Every person, even the atheist, will admit that death is certain. Death, however, is not the last event in this life of ours. Immediately after death, we shall be judged and then again on the Day of Judgment when all humanity will know us for what we are.
Too often the reality of Heaven and salvation are highlighted at the expense of the Church’s teachings on Death, Judgment, Purgatory, and Hell. Yet, these important doctrines of the Church hold the truths of salvation — truths that can lead us to Heaven or can pull us away from it.
In these pages, Fr. Wade Menezes, EWTN television host and Assistant General of the Fathers of Mercy, shows us that God has not called us to His wrath, but to salvation. He shows us that Heaven and Hell, salvation and damnation, eternal life and eternal punishment are all complementary doctrines. They need each other to be complete and we must understand the Church’s teachings on all of these doctrines in order to have a balanced view of the world.
Death, Judgment, Heaven and Hell these are the Four Last Things toward which we are moving each hour of the day and night. Read this book, and you’ll have a firm grasp of one of the most important doctrines of Holy Mother Church that holds the truths of Heaven and our own salvation.
“Since when do we go on a long journey and never talk about our destination? In his new book, my brother priest Fr. Wade Menezes helps us focus on where life’s journey takes us all, and he does it in a way that shows us what ‘new evangelization’ means. He takes the timeless truths of the faith and presents them in a new, joyful, fresh way that spurs us to accept the gift of salvation!”
Fr. Frank Pavone
Priests for Life
“We all wonder what will come when we draw our last breath of life, and in this profoundly important book Father Wade Menezes draws back the veil of mystery to give us insight and instruction about the ultimate final four – death, judgment, heaven, hell. With skill and precision, he weaves together Sacred Scripture, Church teaching, and the wisdom of the saints to encourage us to strive for the ultimate prize – life on high in Christ Jesus for all eternity. Concise and straightforward, this book filled me with hope and joyful anticipation of what is to come! May it do the same for you!”
Johnnette S. Benkovic
EWTN Host and Author, Founder and Director of Women of Grace®
“By reminding us of the Four Last Things, Fr. Menezes summons us to hope for the ultimate good of spending eternity with God and reminds us of a proper fear to avoid condemnation in hell. He urges us to live this life with that love of God and neighbor that prepares us for eternal life of love, and to avoid all hatred, that would only prepare us for the isolating hatred in hell. Contemporary culture entertains itself with immortality if it includes hideous devouring zombies or beautiful blood-sucking vampires. Fr. Menezes calls us to the beauty of immortality in the image and likeness of God.”
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ
“In The Four Last Things Father Wade Menezes offers a wonderful guide to help us gauge our preparation for eternal life with God. Well researched and concisely written, his book is a must-read on a topic too often avoided by too many. No one will escape death, but all will benefit immensely in preparing for it by reading and meditating on the messages of Father Menezes’ excellent book.”
Most Rev. Robert J. Baker, S.T.D.
Bishop of Birmingham, AL