The Life of the World to Come

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     We all want to go to Heaven – but what will Heaven actually be like?

     Drawing on sacred Scripture and Catholic doctrine, The Life of the World to Come pulls back the veil to give us a closer look at the dazzling joys, the reality of eternal life.

     With simplicity and good humor, this “marvelous little book” achieves the goal Abbot Vonier set for all his works – opening the eyes of men and women to the splendors of the Catholic faith.

Praise for Abbot Vonier and The Life of the World to Come
“Abbot Vonier has a serious right to be considered one of the great Catholic theologians of the 20th century. Here is the theology of St. Thomas translated into a contemplative idiom and communicated with a wonderful clarity and simplicity of expression. These new editions of his works, after decades of neglect, are warmly to be welcomed.”
– Fr. John Saward, author Cradle of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery

“Those seeking spiritual wisdom will find it here. Vonier was a master, and his work is as inspiring and fresh as ever.”
– Matthew Levering, author Scripture and Metaphysics: Aquinas and the Renewal of Trinitarian Theology

“Turning new lights on old truths and making application of revelation to life, Abbot Vonier ‘digs down into the meaning of Catholic dogma.’ His thought is so simple, clear, and practical that no formal theological training is needed to follow him with profit and delight.”
– Fr. C.C. Martindale, SJ, quoted in Commonweal

“Abbot Vonier was the most gifted dogmatic theologian writing in England during his lifetime. The Vonier revival is a highly encouraging sign of the return of classical doctrine in the Church.”
– Aidan Nichols, author The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger

“Gifted in his capacity to write of sublime things in terms that all could understand.”
– The American Benedictine Review

“Abbot Vonier was a teacher who honored the intelligence of the average Christian man and woman. Very properly he deemed ‘the ordinary man or woman’ perfectly capable of grasping, or at least of appreciating, the highest doctrines of the Christian faith; all that was needed was to put these solemn truths before them stripped of the technical terminology of the lecture-room.
     Here was the real secret of his great popularity: he gave the Christian people what they wanted – solid, substantial doctrine.”
– Dom Ernst Graf, Abbot Vonier’s biographer

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About the Author:

Abbot Vonier was a Benedictine monk who lived from 1876 to 1938. He was elected Abbot of Buckfast Abbey, England, in 1906, and served in that capacity until his death. During his lifetime Vonier gained fame as the rebuilder of Buckfast, which had been left in ruins following the Reformation, and as the author of some 15 books of popular theology – works which developed “a vast company of admirers who welcomed every new book of his with enthusiasm.”

A bestselling author in England of the 1920s – that golden age of Catholic letters when Chesterton, Knox and Belloc flourished – Vonier was a gifted intellectual who regarded his literary activity as part of the mission with which Divine Providence had charged him. His great desire, and achievement, was to instruct in the Catholic Faith, to reveal its glories as available here and now to every Christian.

Zaccheus Press plans to bring Abbot Vonier’s finest works back into print for a new generation of Catholic readers.

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