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Life Everlasting and the Immensity of the Soul: A Theological Treatise on the Four Last Things: Death, Judgment, Heaven, Hell Paperback – January 1, 1952

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Father Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P., was born in 1877 and is held as one of the greatest Catholic theologians of the twentieth century. He focused his writings against the error of Modernism, which denied the objective truth of Divine revelation, as well as on apologetics, including philosophy. In total, he authored over five hundred books and articles, and wrote as a thorough Thomist. Among Father Garrigou-Lagrange s numerous works are The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Christian Perfection and Contemplation, Christ the Savior, and God, His Existence and Nature. He died in 1964.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: TAN Books; Reprint edition (January 1, 1952)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895552035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895552037
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By Matthew P. Whitehead on March 14, 2003
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This theological treatise by Fr. Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange is excellent! He deals with the immensity of the soul in the first section of the book. Then he devotes a section each to death and judgment, hell, purgatory, and heaven. He explains each aspect in great depth, though in a manner fairly easy to understand. He deals with questions that should be of interest to most Catholics; for example, the question of charity for the souls in purgatory, the nature of the joys of heaven, etc.
I highly recommend this book for helping to understand the theology regarding the afterlife, as well as for helping to focus one's thoughts on our goal, union with God in heaven.
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EVERLASTING LIFE is a most profound and arresting
theological treatise on the "last things" according to
Christian revelation: death, judgment, heaven, hell, and
purgatory. Written by the theologian who was the dissertation
director for Pope John Paul II's doctoral work in spiritual
theology on the doctrine of St. John of the Cross, it
continues the author's habit of synthesizing the tradition of
the Church within the light of the teaching of St. Thomas
Aquinas. It is perhaps the simplest yet most theologically
lucid introduction to the Church's teaching on these matters.
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Fr. Garrigou-Lagrange has written an excellent treatise on the four last things. The book is broken up into 5 sections- the present life, death & judgement, hell, heaven, and purgatory. The first section deals with man. What is out final cause or our raison d'etre? Of course, it is to be united with God for all eternity. How does this life prepare us for our final ends? We grow in charity while meriting in this life. As Garrigou-Lagrange is famous for, he discusses how we are called to become holy and totally purified in this life, bypassing purgatory and going straight to heaven. The second section of the book has to do with death and judgement. There are no second chances and where we end up is permanent. Fr G-L gives reasons for why this is the case and how it works practically. Wouldn't we realize that we had made the wrong decision by going to hell, and hence change our minds and decide to love God? No, for we do not undergo change after death. We cannot learn anything new and hence, nothing can "come to light" that would convince us to want to turn back towards God. We may be sorry that we are suffering, but we will not feel remorse or true sorrow for sin.

Then there is the section on hell. Discussions of hell are always difficult to read, and this is no exception. Fr G-L discusses the pain of loss and the pain of sense. We will feel a deep burning pain at knowing that we have not fulfilled our ends as human beings, that we have been reduced to a mere shadow of what we were meant to be. This is a pain far worse than the pain of sense, even though the pain of sense is beyond anything that anyone has ever experienced in this life. Terrifying. Why screw around with sin? Father G-L also discusses whether or not there are literal flames in hell.
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We are reading this book as our book of the month for our book club. We were only supposed
to read the first section but I find it difficult to put down. It is the best book we have
read and we have been meeting for almost 5 years.
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A very readable theological treatise on the Four Last Things by perhaps the pre-eminent Thomist of the 20th century. Highly recommended.
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I choose this for guidance in my own contemplative spiritual growth.
The authors approach was simple and comforting.
Would strongly recommend it for one's own spiritual growth.
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