THE WORLD DESPISES US AS PARTIALLY NON-EXISTENT, AND AS SOMETHING DEAD AND CAPABLE OF SPREADING THE INFECTION OF DEATH.
“The ‘world’, from the point of view of evangelisation, seems indeed to be all that is in contradiction to the kingdom of God.
So, if we are to go into the world and accept a Christian commitment in the world, this will involve our getting to know, getting close to, and even taking upon ourselves all that is alien or opposed to God in the person of each of our neighbours, and in the environment where we live. This involves penetrating to that level where, in a certain sense, God does not exist. Walking towards the unknown project of the redemption; walking as a person in the midst of people but as a person indwelt by God…
The Christian is going to find himself in direct contact with a denial of God that is both public and absolute.
God is proclaimed non-existent because he is absurd. In a collective mimicry of faith it is proclaimed absolutely that God is absurd. This occurs beyond any affirmation of reason at that very point in fact where the Christian makes his profession of faith that God is adorable.
To adore God is to say ‘God’ to God in one sole act. Everything that makes a person a Christian – the whole way in which we are related to God – is seen in this one act… It is as if we are being tormented by a kind of ‘Godsickness’ consisting in a thirst for his glory…
The vast solitude of adoration that has taken hold of us acts also as a solitude of love: ‘because we are not of the world therefore the world hates us’, and despises us as partially non-existent, and as something dead and capable of spreading the infection of death.
It is at this point that we hope that the Church will break this solitude that people impose on us; that she will be mysteriously visible; and we hope that our brothers and sisters of the faith, even if they do not have direct contact with us, will be for us a faithful presence.”
– Servant of God Madeleine Delbrel