G.K. Chesterton is associated with the aphorism, “When a man stops believing in God he doesn’t then believe in nothing, he believes anything.” Liberal politicians succumb to the first capital sin, pride. They want to, “be like God” Gen 3:5 and worship power over others in many forms. “Climate change” atheists worship the Earth, which they call the environment. Others worship money or sex or fame. Satan is quite willing to make for us any false god we wish, as long as it distracts us from Rabbi Yeshua long enough for him to harvest us for hell.
If God did not exist, and we Catholics are merely sports fans rooting for the God team against the Satan team, those who do not believe would pay little attention to believers. These days a great many subjects compete to engage our interest. Sheer press of time requires that we pay no attention to most of them.
I have many interests, but sports are not among them. Top tennis players use their extremely high skill levels to hit a ball back and forth. I have no idea why they do that, who the top players are, or why I should care who wins, but when television audiences watch tennis and root for a player I’m serene.
Bishop Barron 49:55 offers a similar observation. He comments in passing that when studying in Paris many of the restaurant specials he saw were fish. Yet it never once occurred to him in all that time to mount a campaign against eating fish, or for spaghetti and meatballs. In a restaurant we each order what we prefer.
Atheists, however, make strenuous efforts to resist the Catholic Church, especially around Christmas and Easter. In secular terms it makes no sense. But if there had been a war in heaven Rev 12:1–4 it would make perfect sense that the demons Jn 8:44 know Rabbi Yeshua. “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God” Mk 1:24. “And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and he would not permit the demons to speak, because they knew him” Mk 1:34.
If atheists resist evidence of God‘s existence so strenuously, I know he exists. The only reason anyone would go to as much effort as atheists do is that they are driven by demons at war against the Church.
It is still true. Atheists are never really serene. St. Thomas Aquinas, in the Summa I-II, 2, observed that they pursue wealth, honors, fame, power, goods of the body, or pleasure. Often they become addicted to one or more, but none satisfies deeply. As soon as they accomplish even a major political or social objective, they are back with another grievance.