September 1

Since the fundamental cause of man’s anxiety is the possibility of being either a saint or a sinner, it follows that there are only two alternatives for him. Man can either count upward to the peak of eternity or slip back to the chasms of despair and frustration. Yet many think there is yet another alternative, name, that of indifference. They think that, just as bears hibernate for the season in a state of suspended animation, they can sleep through life without choosing to live for God or against Him. But hibernation is no escape; winter ends, and one is then forced to make a decision—indeed, the very choice of indifference is itself a decision. White fences do not remain white fences by having nothing done to them; they soon become black fences.

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