Life Everlasting, the Mystery and the Promise


By J. Brian Bransfield

Everyone encounters the question of death at some point in their lives. We all ask it and to some degree, we all try to avoid it. But we who are Christian turn to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus for answers. Walk with Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield as he follows the threads that run through our lives and the gospels, deciphering the very clues that shed light on this unsettling question.

"When our loved ones die, we look at the world differently. We look at our faith differently" (from the Introduction). The first time we encounter death, we are often shaken by an awareness of our own mortality, which brings confusion in its wake. Subsequent experiences of death lead us to wonder about the ultimate meaning of our lives. Our faith, though, can offer a path to peace. If we look to Jesus for help through the struggles, he will show us the way to draw closer to this great mystery.

As Christians, we do not have to fear death, for it is the gateway to eternal life. The cross and resurrection of Jesus gained for us the path of salvation. Join Monsignor J. Brian Bransfield as he shares personal experiences and a deep understanding of theology to bring hope to those who grieve and peace to those in sorrow. This is a welcome and accessible volume for anyone pondering death and the mystery of the afterlife.

Features & Benefits:  

  • Offers a basic Catholic understanding for the meaning of life and death
  • Personal narrative makes theological concepts easily understandable
  • Meditative text offers a springboard for deeper reflection and prayer
  • Help for those who minister to the grieving
  • Covers the four "last things"

About the Author:

Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield serves as the Associate General Secretary at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, DC. He has served as a professor of moral theology at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He serves as an adjunct professor of moral theology on the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies and at the Canon Law School of the Catholic University of America, both located in Washington, D.C. He has also served in parochial ministry and as a teacher on high school faculty.

Paperback, 2015

Grief and Suffering