The Cry of The Skeptics to the Religious



I had a wonderful idea sometime after hearing of Elder D.J. Ward’s death and upon reading an amazing post by Mary Louise. I have collected over the years a file in my computer I call “The Saints Gallery”. It is just a small sampling of men like Elder Ward that I have known personally or that during my short lifetime I have been privileged to know something of their influence in the world. The idea has grown that I must share that on my blog as it is such a part of the influence of others on who I am.


Mary Louise post is letting us in on who she is, “a Vatican kid”. (see ROOTS)  Here she is quoting from a book, Man the Saint:


Those who abandon the one true God very soon become slaves of the most barren dryness of soul. They are simply pagans: and to-day they can be seen all around us straining their sightless eyes, vainly seeking that happiness for which their instincts cry out, groping about in the dark, blindly trying to find the way, the truth and the life. We try to help them. We have told them a thousand times to look to our Christ. They have tried to look but they see nothing. We have shouted at them that Christ is alive, really alive, the same man that He always was and always will be, but the force of our arguments was quenched by their cold indifference. And yet it is easy enough to understand this dryness and bitterness in the souls of these poor pagans when we read the cynical challenge in their eyes: “Show us by your lives that Christ is alive.” Their argument is all too just. We cannot expect them to be won over by treatises on apologetics and theology, some of them too dry and formal. Their argument is fair enough: “Show us by your lives that Christ is alive.”


But then the quote takes an unexpected turn and before you can leave off reading, it’s too late; the arrow of truth has been sunk deep within. This in turn introduces the topic of the Saints as commonly understood by the faithful in the Catholic tradition. My “Saint’s Gallery” postings will hopefully answer the challenge from the skeptics and declare there are lives that demonstrate that Christ is alive and walks among us even though they may be far too few. And these lives will demonstrate that even the best of the Saints are all clay vessels with their warts and all, not exactly the common understanding.


One final quote from the post of Mary Louise, in hopes you will want to take time to read it all.


“ It is a cause for bitter regret to see the insipid and crumbling spectacle we present to the world after twenty centuries of so-called progress. Our world is full of living Christians, but yet it is the lifeless who are in command. We have churches in plenty, but so few good lives. All we lack is lives, lives to inspire the dead, to convince them, to strengthen the wills of poor weak mortals,to enlighten the minds of the diseased, to soften the selfish hearts of greedy materialists –

passionate lives,         

generous lives,                                                 

 So few good lives!”


This is also what my earlier post on “The Most Powerful Force on Earth” is about.