Have Men Forgotten God?
Stephen A Clark, Manila, Philippines – The Russian novelist Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, describing the woes of his country under the Soviets, said: “Men have forgotten God.”
Recent studies among European youth back this up: even the leftovers of a vague identification with cultural Christianity are evaporating, with only small percentages still believing, even fewer attending church.
We cannot imagine how it feels for the Lord to live in hearts that have frozen over with atheism or indifference. What a cold, dark space our Lord must now occupy.
In a continent that has replaced God’s authority with its own autonomy, those who are still faithful will need to strive all the more to keep faith alive in their own hearts, gathering round the tabernacles as those who are cold get close to a stove, and have God warm their hearts.
Then, as they are ignited by prayer and works of mercy, his love can grow in them and overflow into the world.
The only way for the lost to find their way home is to see God reflected in the lives of believers, and to be the recipients of the fruits of their lives of prayer and service.