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Do Monks Hold the Keys to Understanding Death?

Book featuring a foreword by Cardinal Sarah invites readers to delve into the mystery of death

NEWS PROVIDED BY
Carmel Communications
March 3, 2020
 
SAN FRANCISCO, March 3, 2020 /Christian Newswire/ -- One thing is certain for all humans: death will come one way or another. Life will end. Even though it's the common denominator among everyone, death still is a taboo topic. One new book is trying to change that. A TIME TO DIE: MONKS ON THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNAL LIFE goes behind monastery walls, revealing how monks look death in the eye and welcome the final journey to their Lord.

Cardinal Robert Sarah writes in the foreword that A TIME TO DIE helps the reader to better understand that "death is the most important act of earthly existence." Through deeply personal interviews with monks at eight monasteries, French author and journalist Nicholas Diat, who collaborated with Cardinal Sarah on his books God or Nothing and The Day is Now Far Spent, brings readers right up to the threshold of the end of life for many holy brothers.

While monks live their lives in a unique way that lends itself to pursuing holiness without distraction, A TIME TO DIE reveals they suffer many of the same fears and sorrow that lay persons have but approach them in a much different way. What is exemplary about the monks is their humility and simplicity. When death approaches, and its hand reveals its strength, the monks are like happy and naďve children who wait with impatience to open a gift. They have complete confidence in the mercy of God.

"This book moved me very deeply," Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., author of The Ear of the Heart, says of A TIME TO DIE. "I felt I was sitting in on some very intimate moments in the lives of monks on the brink of death, meeting the terrifying mystery of death through the holiness of men whose lives are totally focused on the reality of a love that is stronger than death."

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with Ignatius Press founder and editor Fr. Joseph Fessio, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications

CONTACT: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com
 


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