Monday, August 22, 2011

Hope and joy in Madrid

"Help! Help! I'm being repressed!"
One and a half million bright, happy young Catholics ... and a mere handful of angry, bitter atheists and anti-Catholics. No real contest. Instead of wasting time and energy trying to disrupt World Youth Day, the assembled anti-Catholics might just as well have taken the approach of the MSM and just ignored it. Not that that's working too well; WYD just seems to get bigger all the time no matter how forcefully and vigorously it's ignored.

In response to WYD, Richard Dawkins, pushing his "Secular Europe" agenda, is promoting a march in London for Sept. 17th. Let's see how many hundreds this march draws, shall we?

Someone really needs to tell these people that committed Christians love opposition. We're a wierd bunch ... we're happiest when we feel we're being oppressed. "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Mt 5:11-12).

The difference in numbers and reactions also illustrate the disadvantage atheism has when compared to Christianity. Despite its hard moral code and sometimes harsh teachings, Christianity is at its center a religion of hope, joy and affirmation of the goodness of life. That's probably why religious people tend to score better in mental and physical health than non-religious people. (Dawkins is convinced religious people are by definition mentally ill ... which shows you just how "scientific" his approach to religion is.) While there are statistics and studies about the decline of religious practice that are cause for concern, World Youth Day is a seed planted in fertile ground, a seed from which the Church shall find new life and new strength.