Don’t get me wrong, mga kapatid. I remain on a reasonable level with atheists. Atheism is not necessarily the most disgusting thing in the whole universe. In fact, they’re even asking the most important faith-question on our behalf: where is your God? A neighbor revving up his motorbike for 5 minutes at 4:55AM could get more disgusting than argumentative atheists. Or a believer imprisoned by the mindset that domestic violence is normal. Atheism could even be the most desirable thing in the world. Take it from renowned Capuchin theologian and preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa who skillfully wrote about the ‘atheism’ of Mother Teresa. Irreconcilable, right? It’s what I thought initially. It’s like KC (I’m not obsessed yet), lost in an island after a plane crash, telling Richard: “Are you God to help me? I don’t need you, to be honest.” Talk of differences that seem hard to reconcile but in the end, are the alchemist’s fuertes materiales. So is Mother Teresa and the atheist in her that made her a saint. Let me simplify atheism a bit based on Fr. Cantalamessa’s brilliance.
A-theism basically means no God, absence of God.
There are 2 kinds of atheists:
1. Active – those who willfullly reject God and even boast of their stance while trying to convince others to join the team
2. Passive – those who feel rejected by God; living painfully the absence and silence of God and everything seems to have no meaning
Now listen to these words from the Saint of the Gutters and judge which of the 2 categories she belongs:
“There is so much contradiction in my soul, such deep longing for God, so deep that it is painful, a suffering continual – yet not wanted by God, repulsed, empty, no faith, no love, no zeal. … Heaven means nothing to me, it looks like an empty place.“
Now, would you really believe that KC and Richard could not be meant for each other both in reel and real scenes when even atheism and Mother Teresa are both honorary members of The Distant God Club?
Happy Valentines – believers and non-believers!
Bluep, this post is for you.
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