Yes, He is risen! Yes, Christ has conquered death! But are we ignoring the obvious?
Have Christians lost sight of the powerful natural and supernatural aspects of dealing with the end of our earthly life?
In this special 100th episode of the Art of Catholic, I bring back John Henry Crosby, founder and president of the Hildebrand Project for a fascinating discussion revolving around a small, but powerful book titled Jaws of Death: Gate of Heaven by famous 20th philosopher Dietrich von Hildebrand.
You might remember both John Henry and von Hildebrand from my very first episode of the Art of Catholic. In that episode, we discussed how von Hildebrand was a major thorn in the side of Adolf Hitler.
In this episode we’ll discuss some thought-provoking insights from von Hildebrand about our passing out of this life and into the next, such as:
- Why too many Christians take the “horror of death” too lightly
- Identifying hints of the eternal in natural life
- How the death of a loved one points to eternity
- Why natural life without death would be a kind of Hell
- The vital role of beauty in preparing us for a faithful death
- How the virtue of hope prepares us for death
It sounds weird, but dwelling on death was never so enlightening:).
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