By Father Charles Arminjon
In the late nineteenth century, Fr. 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, the book became a favorite of the young St. Therese of Lisieux.
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