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:
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.
|By:||Stash (Bristol CT, October 5, 2010)|
|Review:||This book that was lost and then translated from French and Latin is remarkable. I definitely can see how it inspired Saint Therese of Lisieux in her vocation. Father Charles Arminjon was given a gift from God to share with others.|
|By:||MJ the catholic nurse (Greater Cleveland Ohio area, October 4, 2010)|
|Review:||The book that impressed the Little Flower is brought back for modern readers. A blessing to be able to read this spiritual treasure. My thanks to Catholic Company!|
|By:||Pat2 (Herndon VA, September 26, 2010)|
|Review:||Given the challenges our world faces today and to find them recognized in 1870 is simply amazing and causes one to marvel at the Grace of the Holy Spirit and Father's willingness to express what the Spriit was directing him to. Thank you for the opportunity to learn again the incredible Graces from our God! Best Uses: Read and meditate; Pros: Awesome read|
|By:||jmjsanfran (California, September 25, 2010)|
|Review:||This is the book that transformed and inspired the life of St. Terese. So, it must be read. The thing I like most about it is that it is a Catholic perspective on the end times and the afterlife. So much has been written and said about this topic from Protestants, and they really get it wrong, as they have little or no understanding of the many Truths that are critical to interpreting such important and enigmatic work. It is very interesting to read, but it does kind of have a slow start because it's excessively wordy, and it is also a translation from French, from the 1800s. Impressive and Important though. Cons: A bit Verbose, Old style wording, Translated from French; Pros: Compelling, Sacred Information|
|By:||Belive in Prayer Mom (Charlotte, NC, October 21, 2010)|
|Review:||I'm still reading and will probably re-read, I bought another copy to mail to my friend so we could discuss. Very interesting. Our time on earth is so fleeting. It made me realize how I need to refocus on the life hereafter and also to pray for those who have already passed.|
|By:||Emo (Toronto, Ontario, October 11, 2010)|
|Review:||I like this book because it reinforces the idea of all blessings or punishments of eternal life. I prefer the blessings that our dear Lord has promised to those that practice faith and keep his commandments.|
|By:||none (springfield ma, February 10, 2011)|
|Review:||I began reading almost as soon as the package was opened!|
|By:||Aunt Fran the walker (Spring Valley NY, December 9, 2011)|
|Review:||I ordered it because I'm interested in all kinds of end times prophecies.I would use it mainly for leisurely reading.|
|By:||Donna (CA, April 7, 2014)|
|Review:||The End of the Present World is a book to be read by all even non-Catholics. I will recommend it to all my friends and family.|