The Glories of Heaven: The Supernatural Gifts that Await Body & Soul in Paradise

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“And yet the visible sun, as splendid as it is, is a mere created object, and is therefore certainly less radiant than the divine splendor, and less beautiful than the glory of the God Who fashioned it. It consequently follows that the bodies of the saints—suffused with this glory of God—will surpass the beauty and radiance of the sun itself.”  

—Saint Anselm

The great Doctor of the Church and Benedictine monk Saint Anselm has assembled one of the greatest books ever written on heaven. Relying on his profound insights from prayer and his deep love for Sacred Scripture, Anselm systematically describes various aspects of the happiness of heaven: the beauty of the bodies of the blessed, the velocity of the glorified bodies of the saints in heaven, the strength of the blessed, the pleasures of heaven, and much more. At the same time, Saint Anselm does not shy away from the reality of hell and its unending torments. Nothing spurs the soul to repentance like the thought of being eternally separated from God.

To obtain our celestial homeland, Saint Anselm instructs the reader to meditate daily on the day of judgment and the blessings of heaven. Saint Anselm, who later became the archbishop of Canterbury, exhorts the faithful to daily conversion and heartfelt prayers. It is a book that will make you long for heaven with all your heart and slowly detach you from this world, where “the pleasures, joys, and honors of this mortal life are but brief and ephemeral.”

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4 Reviews

  • 5
    Amazing Depth and Simplicity. Moving!

    Posted by Ed Vizenor on Aug 7th 2023

    I purchased the Tan Audiobook. This book is short and sweet and I have listened to it several times.…

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  • 5
    I havent read it yet.

    Posted by CAROL E. on Jan 5th 2023

    I havent read it yet. I bought it for upcoming trip reading.

  • 5
    The Completion of All Desires

    Posted by Patricia N. on Aug 30th 2022

    One earth we long for truth, beauty, and goodness in the depths of our souls. In heaven we shall hav…

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  • 5
    Title is apporpriate

    Posted by Walter T. on Aug 21st 2022

    Simply explain a deep and profound reality which we were made for. Nice work form St Anselm

Editorial Reviews

Rev. Abbot Philip Anderson, OSB

Rev. Abbot Philip Anderson, OSB (Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey)

“'What eye hath not seen, nor ear heard.’ This is what you may get a glimpse of, following in the footsteps of a great theologian, monk, and saint as he leads you up and beyond the horizons of the visible world.”

Fr. Lawrence Carney (author of The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society )

“A fulgent beacon amidst a world in a dark winter of depravity, Saint Anselm’s treatise, The Glories of Heaven, is a solid anchor of hope.”

Rev. Mother Abbess Cecilia, OSB (Abbey of Our Lady of Ephesus)

“It is a tremendous joy to finally have in English this superb work by the ‘Doctor Marianus et Magnificus.’ Saint Anselm truly followed the precept of his spiritual father, Saint Benedict: ‘To desire eternal life with all spiritual longing.’ These pages are radiant with the light of all our hearts’ desire for our heavenly dwelling, and contain some of the most edifying and consoling words I have read about the realities of our true home in heaven. I pray that many souls will be set alight with great zeal to hasten toward their eternal dwelling with great hope and confidence. May we all arrive together at that blessed state wherein the joy of the saints is experienced through the vision of Him Who is the great Lover of each soul: ‘Christ, Who Himself is our peace.’”

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