After discussing world events with an atheist friend of mine recently, he referred to me as a “chicken little.”
“There is a difference,” I wrote him, “between the Catholic who openly declares that the sky is falling and the atheist who silently does the same. The Catholic notices it and announces it as a matter of fact which no more disturbs his day than it disturbs his eternity. After all, the sky is only the sky and he knows this. Let it fall.”
“The atheist, on the other hand, proclaims much more even while giving the impression that all is well. An atheist is confined to the restrictions of his denials. He too knows that the sky will someday fall, and homo sapiens will one day be eliminated. But the atheist has no other recourse than to see the impending doom, whether that doom be a comet, a cancer, or a car crash, and submit to its complete and utter domination over his whole being. For the atheist, the sky is everything.”
Let the agitated members of various groups therefore reject the excesses of systematic and destructive criticism! Without departing from a realistic viewpoint, let Christian communities become centers of optimism where all the members resolutely endeavor to perceive the positive aspect of people and events. “Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure.” The attainment of such an outlook is not just a matter of psychology. It is also a fruit of the Holy Spirit.