Everything Will Be Alright

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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.

The views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily represent the views of CatholicVote.org

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Tom Hoopes, author of What Pope Francis Really Said, is writer in residence at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas, where he teaches in the Journalism and Mass Communications Department and edits The Gregorian, a Catholic identity speech digest. He was previously editor of the National Catholic Register for 10 years and with his wife, April, of Faith & Family magazine for five. A frequent contributor to Catholic publications, he began his career as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., area and as press secretary for U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer. He lives in Atchison with his wife and those of his nine children still at home. The views and opinions expressed on this blog do not necessarily reflect those of Benedictine College or the Gregorian Institute.

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