A Sentence of Silence

“If I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible what was the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn on Russia in 1983.

“If I were to say what caused these riots and what has ultimately swallowed up our nation of 60 million, I would repeat the words: ‘Men have forgotten God; that is why all this has happened.” The CVM on the UK in 2011.

Unemployment, social deprivation, poor education, family breakdown, and MTV-styled morality: That is why all this has happened, so we’re told. On the surface, maybe. But at the core, NO! Men have forgotten God!

The solution? Oh dear! How do you turn a nation back to God, back to Catholicism! I don’t know. But there is a way to make the perpetrators of these riots reflect and maybe, just maybe turn to God.: A sentence of silence, solitary confinement.

“You should rejoice that you’re in prison. Here  you have time to think about your soul.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn again.
And in Russia they had REAL prisons (and maybe still have), places of REAL deprivation.

 Yet he wrote in The Gulag Archipelago: 

“Bless you prison, bless you for being in my life. For there, lying upon the rotting prison straw, I came to realize that the object of life is not prosperity as we
are made to believe, but the maturity of the human soul.”

In a REAL prison, where the body is deprived of its comforts, the mind is deprived of its amusements, the soul begins to transcend its presumed meaning and direction.

 “If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evidently must be of a more spiritual nature. It cannot be the unrestrained enjoyment of everyday life. It cannot be the search for the best ways to obtain material goods and then cheerfully get the most out of them. It has to be the fulfilment of a permanent, earnest duty so that one’s life journey may become an experience of moral growth, so that one may leave life a better human being than one started it.

True, Solzhenitsyn was no Catholic but the brutality of Communism made clear the void left by Materialism.

“My wish for you… is that your sceptic-eclectic brain be flooded with the light of truth.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (The First Circle)

 The light of Truth cannot be plugged in and turned on. Only when man unplugs and turns off, will the intense glow of God’s Love penetrate.

“To stand up for truth is nothing. For truth, you must sit in jail.”
A sentence of silence maybe the only medicine possible to cure the cancer of the God-void. Only when man is void of everything else, will the God-shaped
peg find its mark.

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” (St Augustine)



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