Everything Will Be Alright

Everything will be alright. That is true for Memorial Day, it is true for tornadoes … and it is true for the storms the Church is facing.

Fallen soldier“I want to remember your big smile and your favorite saying to me – ‘Everything will be alright,’” a friend wrote on a remembrance page for Army Sgt. Andrew J. Derrick.

Derrick was killed by enemy fire near Baghdad on Sept. 23, 2005.

“The last time we talked I was so upset,” posted a friend of Army Pfc. James Lambert. “You told me no matter what keep my head up, ‘You’re a great girl. Everything will be alright.’ We left it at that.”

Lambert was killed in Fallujah on May 25, 2004.

“Everything will be alright.”

Wherever you find tragedy – even unfixable tragedy – you find one person saying to another, “Don’t worry. It will be alright.”

Roff_Oklahoma_TornadoTime magazine tells the story of Cheley Stewart, a tornado survivor who turned up at a shelter in Oklahoma City.

Her house had been torn in two. She was looking for somewhere better for her three kids to stay. “It’s like a war zone in there,” Stewart said, and then comforted her 6-year-old: “It’s crazy, I know. But everything will be alright.”

For human beings hope is an absolute necessity. We can’t tolerate a world without hope. We say “everything will be alright” even when it does not appear to be even remotely true.

But it always feels true.  Somehow, the comfort the mom offers her child is not empty wishful thinking. Those soldiers’ words sound comforting, even after their death.

“Everything will be alright,” is almost a proof for the existence of God. If there is no God then the universe wasn’t designed by love; it emerged from chaos. Not only is there no reason to suppose things will be alright, an intelligent person should expect them to get worse.

But if there is a God, I can say, “Don’t worry. It will be alright,” in the middle of the storm or in my dying breath. God is in charge. His way will win in the end. He is there for us above and beyond even death.

If there is a God, everything will be alright. Even Catholics in America in 2013 can say that.

Has our government denied the right to life to the weak, and is now ready to move on to the right to religious expression of those who would defend the weak? No worries. Secularists always do that … and God is never stopped by their guillotines and gulags and gag-orders.

Has the whole word seemed to have gone crazy, equating any sexual morality with oppression? The same thing happened before in ancient times … and the destructive empty promise of sexual excess drove people into Christianity.

Has the world seemed to dismiss religion altogether, convincing themselves that our beliefs are ridiculous and primitive and that soon everyone will become “enlightened” atheists like them? Come on. They have always thought of themselves as the enlightened and us as the fools. But from St. Michael to Noah, from Moses to Mary, from St. Paul to John Paul, the fools have always turned out to be the wise ones after all.

There are terrible, frightening storms on God’s earth. But they can never root out God or make the earth any less his. He is always there, rebuilding and reassuring, no matter what.

Bring it on, world. We aren’t afraid. Everything will be fine.


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  • JEH

    I hold on to hope as a life saver. Only God can give us that hope. I pray for those who have no hope. They are lost souls and will only find it when it is their time. God bless America. God bless our Holy Father. God bless us all!

  • Leah

    Thanks for this encouraging article. It’s a good reminder that we are not called to be fearful. As St. Paul says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

  • Vinnie

    During the Revolutionary War, the first people the British went after were the Ministers who preached our faith. I am very disappointed in our Church today. My pastor is not speaking out about what this administration is doing and the infiltration of the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to stand and be the voice of Christians!

  • Chris351

    And if all the Bishops of the world heed the Blessed Virgin Mothers request, at Fatima, to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart we are promised world peace. If ignored, many nations will be annihilated and the Holy Father will have much to suffer. Dominus Vebiscum



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