A Word For The Atheists
On the cross our Lord spoke to the atheists, to the communists, to the agnostics, to the unbelievers, to the fallen-away, all of whom live an inner kind of hell--particularly those who have had the faith and lost it. Hell does not begin in the next world. It begins here. How will an atheist, an agnostic, or an infidel ever be saved, if the Lord on the cross does not take means to redeem them? So our Blessed Lord now undertakes to suffer that loneliness, isolation, and separation from God that all atheists feel. He permitted himself, therefore, to be without any divine consolation, to walk on the very brink of hell, to feel what it is to be damned. At that moment, when the sun hid its light, almost ashamed to shed its light on the crime of deicide, our Lord, now in that darkness of the very day, put on this darkness of soul and in reparation for all the atheists cried out, 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?' That makes it possible for Brezhnev to save his soul: if Brezhnev hears that cry. The Lord felt the hell of Voltaire, of Camus, of Sartre, of Julian the Apostate, of all who deny their Lord. And from that day on, they need only cry to him to be saved. But they must cry.