Monday, May 16, 2005

Hell Is Luther People?

Heading to work earlier than usual today, I saw outside the PATH-train entrance, directly facing the rush-hour crowd, a man displaying a large white posterboard. On it, he had written with a marker in block letters, "IT'S HELL IF YOU'RE NOT A ROMAN CATHOLIC."

It wasn't until I got on the train that I realized what his sign meant. My first thought was that he was promising some sort of earthly reward, e.g. "Be a Catholic! Life won't seem so bad!"

Two things seemed remarkable to me: First, that the man was one of those rare Catholics who publicly take it upon themselves to fulfill John Paul II's call to evangelize. Second, that he was doing so in a singularly unappealing fashion. He didn't look particularly happy. Where's the good news?