Sunday, March 22, 2009

Coming To America

There’s a book, written by a man who died in 1885, that is finally being translated into English and brought to America. It’s called The End of the Present World (and the Mysteries of the Future Life), by Father Charles Arminjon.

A fourteen year old girl read it in 1887 and was so inspired she became a nun. Not just any nun either. She eventually became Therese the Little Flower - a saint.
While the book's exhortations on hell, purgatory, and Heaven were what seems to have most inspired the saint, it's not known what she thought of the lengthy discussion in the book of the anti-christ, Second Coming, and end of the world. Father Arminjon does not claim special knowledge, but presents intriguing scenarios based on the Bible and tradition. In fact, it's how the book -- chapter after chapter -- starts.
Here are the opening lines of the book:
"It has seemed to us that one of the saddest fruits of rationalism, the fatal error and great plague of our century, the pestilential sources from which our revolutions and social disasters arise, is the absence of the sense of the supernatural and the profound neglect of the great truths of the future life."
I think I’m going to look for this book.
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  1. I'd love to read that too. (I dedicated my daughter at birth to the Little Flower.) :)

  2. Me, too. i'm glad someone cared enough to seek this book out.

  3. Wow, Angie! This would be a great book for you.

    Carol, It does sounds like an amazing book. Books do change lives.

  4. How curious! Never heard of this book until now...

    L. Diane Wolfe

  5. It sounds like a book I'd dearly love to read.


  6. Jean, if you do get to read it, let us know what you think of it.

  7. Hi Helen, I'd heard of Father Arminjon somewhere in my past and reference to the book, but I didn't know it had never been translated or is that it's about to be.

    I'm adding this to my must buy list.

    Thanks for the heads up.

  8. Interesting! I hope you'll be posting a review when you do get a chance to read it.



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