Fri. Oct 23rd, 2020

“I believe in the sun even when it is not shining.
I believe in love even when I don’t feel it.
I believe in God even when He is silent.”

These words were found carved into a prison wall in the concentration camp in Auschwitz, presumably left there by one of those targeted for extermination. What a statement of faith! Yet, at the same time, I can’t help but feel that the author of these haunting words is trying to remind himself of his faith.
We all doubt sometimes. Scripture tells us that after the Resurrection that the Apostles worshiped but they doubted. Imagine that. They are encountering the Risen Lord. They are sure enough that they worship Him, yet they doubt.
We are not immune from that doubt. It can be really confusing, and frankly aggravating that God is often silent. We picture how God could put an end to suffering and put an end to people rejecting Him and we wonder why He is so hidden and silent.
One thing is for sure; it is a consistent pattern with Him. He was silent on the Cross and all throughout His Passion. He masked His glory in His humanity. He sent the Apostles out to spread the Good News that the Kingdom of God was at hand instead of just doing it Himself.
But, why is God so silent? I don’t know, really.
Maybe for the same reason that I as a father am silent when one of my children is struggling with a project. I let them struggle with it rather than doing it for them. Maybe He is silent because for Him to speak too much would infringe on our freedom.
I am not sure, but I do know that He is trustworthy. I know that the sun is there even when I can’t see it. I believe that love exists even when I don’t feel it, and I know that God exists even when He is silent.
— Pat Arensberg is the Director of the Office for Evangelization and Family Life. Email him at
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