Sunday, June 30, 2013
A Proper and Real Hope
"What fantastic achievements have... been made possible in the way of moving faster, growing richer, communicating more rapidly, mastering illnesses, and altogether overcoming the hazards of our earthly existence. But all the achievements have led to a growing arrogance, a widening separation from the true nature of our being; in other words, an alienation from God. If it were possible to live without God, it would not be worth living at all. It was in a labour camp, Solzhenitsyn has told us, that he learnt what freedom meant and became free.
"So, amidst the shambles of a fallen Christendom, I feel a renewed confidence in the light of the Christian revelation with which it first began.
"I should hate you to think that this view that I've put before you is a pessimistic view. Strangely enough, I believe it to be the only way to a proper and real hope."
Malcolm Muggeridge, from Daily Readings in Catholic Classics, ed. Rawley Myers, Ignatius Press, 1992, pp. 252-253
Painting: José Navarro Llorens - En el Jardín