Dietrich von Hildebrand (1889-1977) was a Catholic convert, philosopher, and theologian whose deep thinking prepared him during his long life for fruitful meditations on death and eternity. Suffering for a number of years from heart failure, as the end approached his wife Alice reports that it took him only two weeks to write Jaws of Death: Gates of Heaven. In her foreword to the book she comments: “He knew that death came into the world as a punishment for sin. Therefore, in the first half of this book, he reveals its mystery and horror. He shows why we should fear

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