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This week, join EWTN host Doug Keck and translator Susan Conroy in a discussion of the prophetic book that led St. Thérèse of Lisieux into the convent.

 

 

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Over a decade ago, Susan Conroy, one of Mother Teresa's helpers in Calcutta, embarked on a remarkable seven-year quest to find a copy of the book that (in her autobiography) St. Thérèse of Lisieux called "one of the greatest graces of my life": The End of the Present World and the Mysteries of the Future Life.

Thérèse first read this book by Fr. Charles Arminjon in May of 1887, when she was only fourteen years old. She said that it "immersed her in a happiness not of this world." It gave her a "presentiment of what God reserves eternally for those who love Him."

It inspired her to love our Lord Jesus even more ardently --- to love Him, she said, "with passion."

St. Therese Very shortly after reading this book, with her heart aflame with the desire to give everything to God, Thérèse requested and obtained her father's permission to enter the cloistered Carmelite Monastery in Lisieux.

Yet, mysteriously, soon after Thérèse entered the convent, Fr. Arminjon's book fell into obscurity. One hundred years after Thérèse read it, it took Susan Conroy almost a decade to find even one single copy!

But time had not diminished its force. Reading that French edition enkindled in Susan a spiritual fire akin to that experienced by Thérèse, and Susan devoted the next eleven years to getting it translated into English and finally published.

 

 

End of the Present World - book cover

The End of the Present World
and the Mysteries of the Future Life

by Fr. Charles Arminjon.
336 pgs ppbk $17.95

Order online now or call
1-800-888-9344

www.SophiaInstitute.com

 

 


On EWTN this weekend and next week, Susan tells of her long quest and of this remarkable book, particularly those parts that enflamed Thérèse with a love of God that led her into the convent, and that, over a century later, drove Susan herself to find the book and make it available to modern readers.

Don't miss Susan
--- and St. Thérèse! ---
this week on EWTN:

 

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Susan with the Pope.

 

When I asked Susan about her involvement with The End of the Present World and about the impact the book has had on her, she replied via email:

 

Dear John:

You know that I searched for seven years, and only found one copy, written in its original French. When I discovered it was not available in English, I set out to translate it myself! Now that it is published here in America, I sometimes look Heavenward and ask the Little Flower: "in over 100 years, couldn't you have found a more qualified person to translate this masterpiece?" I sense that after a century of waiting, she chose me to bring this book to life for English-speaking readers, not based on my skills as a translator, but simply based on my love for her and for our dear Lord Jesus! It's all about Love!

The impact that this book is having on my life is twofold. The first is spiritual. It inspires me to raise my eyes to Heaven and prepare for everlasting life. It causes me to reflect on "all the great truths of religion and the mysteries of eternity." It gives me more courage to face challenges and difficulties in life as it reminds me that the sacrifices and sufferings in this life are as nothing compared to the endless and infinite rewards of everlasting life. If we strive to love and serve Our Lord faithfully in this brief and passing life, He will take loving care of us for all eternity. God Himself will be our great and eternal reward. We give so little, and we receive so much!

It also has a very practical impact on my life, in the sense that I feel compelled to travel and speak and share this "lost treasure" with English-speaking readers everywhere -- with the hope that it may have the same beautiful effect on souls of our time as it did on the soul of Saint Thérèse over 100 years ago.

I am convinced that this book helped to make Saint Thérèse "the greatest saint of modern times," and I hope and pray that it will inspire us here and now to become great saints. May we serve our Lord well and greet each other in Heaven!

This book was indeed a "lost treasure." I believe that Divine Providence brought it back to life at this particular time in history for a very good reason. We are meant to pay attention to these words about the end of the present world and the mysteries of the future life. Reading this book inspired Saint Thérèse to love Our Lord Jesus even MORE and to pray for the salvation of souls. May it do the same for each of us!

Susan

 

Contents:
End of the Present World

1.
The End of the World:
The Signs that Will Precede and the Circumstances That Will Accompany It

2.
The Persecution by the Antichrist and the Conversion of the Jews

3.
The Resurrection of the Dead and the General Judgment

4.
The Place of Immortal Life and the State of Glorified Bodies after the Resurrection

5.
Purgatory

6.
Eternal Punishment and the Unfortunate Destiny

7.
Eternal Beatitude and the Supernatural Vision of God

8.
Christian Sacrifice, the Means of Redemption

9.
The Mystery of Suffering in its Relationship with the Future Life

 

 

End of the Present World - book cover

The End of the Present World
and the Mysteries of the Future Life

by Fr. Charles Arminjon.
336 pgs ppbk $17.95

Order online now or call
1-800-888-9344

www.SophiaInstitute.com

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