As Catholics, we believe in the resurrection of the body. We profess it in our creed. We’re taught that to bury and pray for the dead are corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We honor the dead in our Liturgy through the Rite of Christian burial. We do all of this, and more, because when Jesus Christ took on flesh for the salvation of our souls he also bestowed great dignity on our bodies.
In Hope to Die: The Christian Meaning of Death and the Resurrection of the Body, Scott Hahn explores the significance of death and burial from a Catholic perspective. The promise of the bodily resurrection brings into focus the need for the dignified care of our bodies at the hour of death. Unpacking both Scripture and Catholic teaching, Hope to Die reminds us that we are destined for glorification on the last day.
Our bodies have been made by a God who loves us. Even in death, those bodies point to the mystery of our salvation.
“Hope to Die reminds us that we are made for glory, for eternity in the beautiful city of God. I pray that it will lead many to seek to grow in holiness and love and to know that we are a people made for heaven.”
--Most Reverend José H. Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles
“A wise Catholic theologian once said that death is the only thing we really have to look forward to. Scott Hahn beautifully explains the truth inside that paradox, and in doing so leads us into a deeper appreciation of both creation and redemption.”
--George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow and William E. Simon Chair in Catholic Studies, Ethics and Public Policy Center
“This book is an important resource not only for those in ministry but for all Catholics who want to better understand and appreciate our dignity from conception until natural death and beyond.”
--Teresa Tomeo, Author and Radio Host of Catholic Connection and The Catholic View for Women
“Hahn has written a book about a topic that affects every single person on this planet: death. It is clear from these pages that his great desire is for readers to understand the truth about themselves, about God, and about their supernatural destiny to be with him in heaven, soul and body.”
Fr. Sebastian White, O.P., Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat
Scott Hahn and Emily Stimpson Chapman provide a compelling and nourishing account of our reasons to hope in the promise of our own bodily resurrection. Written with intelligence and deep faith, Hope to Die is a testament to the enduring truth that, in Christ Jesus, we shall rise again.”
--Fr. Matt Malone, S.J.,Editor in Chief, America Magazine
“This book will help us be the Christian people we are called to be.”
--Kathryn Jean Lopez, Senior Fellow, National Review Institute and Editor-at-Large, National Review; Author, A Year with the Mystics
“This is a book that should be read by those who want to prepare for death and to those who are preparing others for death."
--Janet Smith, Author of Self-Gift: Humanae Vitae and the Thought of John Paul II
“Hope to Die is the patient, tender, but weighty explanation of why we honor the flesh that awaits its resurrection, redemption, and divinization.”
--Damon Owens, Founder of JoyTOB.org and Former Executive Director of the Theology of the Body Institute
“‛To be a disciple of Jesus isn’t to see some things differently; it's to see everything differently'. So many Christians, in fact, only see some things differently, and more often than not see most things through the lenses of the world. Scott helps us to see everything differently, and through the lenses of the Scriptures and Church teaching. What a gift!”
--Fr. John Riccardo, Executive Director of Acts XXIX and host of the Christ is the Answer radio program