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Colette L. Rodriguez
While I despise all that Christopher Hitchens and his particular form of atheism entail, I certainly do wish him the best in his battle against cancer. I myself am in the fight of my life with Stage III-C Breast Cancer and I would not wish chemotherapy/massive surgery/radiation on anyone. May God help Mr. Hitchens through this time and may God shine a light in his heart.
9/2/2010 9:05:06 PM
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Nora
I've always enjoyed Christopher Hitchens, mostly because he's just so darned smart, crazysexysmart, actually. I believe God loves Christopher Hitchens very much and that all will be well in the end. I don't know why, but there's an underlyng sweetness to Hitchens that's hard to describe.
9/14/2010 7:15:26 PM
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tulsagirl
Soes anyone want to join me in asking Mother Teresa to interceed for Mr. Hitchins? Such ironies are not unheard of.
9/27/2010 10:28:56 AM
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Joe Coffman
As much as Hitchens' aggressive atheism irks me, I cannot think of an author who I have disagreed with more on some issues that I have enjoyed so much. He is always educational and Hitch-22 (terrible title) was educational in many ways. I think Christopher has a strong sense of justice and right and wrong whether you agree with him all the time or not.
I am convinced God loves him and I pray that he lets some of that love in before it is too late.
As the previous poster said, there is a certain sweetness to him and he loves much of what is good and noble in human beings.
10/2/2010 2:05:16 AM
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Niall
One must keep in mind always that we have the right to be wrong about God. Hitchens actually hates us. he hates Christians. That much is quite clear. he is our enemy and we are tasked to love him by the Lord. he and his chums like Grayling, the egregious Dawkins etc may prove to be occcasions of grace.
10/2/2010 7:02:13 PM
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Joe
Mother Teresa interceding for him would be amazing. We are called to love him and even Mr. Dawkins (that would truly be miraculous if he had a change of heart!).
10/3/2010 12:14:02 PM
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Ann Evans
Dear Mr. Hitchens.

When I heard your latest diatribe against my beloved Pope in April of this year, I resolved very determined not to be upset or hurt by your words anymore, for my beloved Pope is so holy,so bright,so tuned to his Master that I cannot believe that anyone does not see this.

Then I saw you being interviewed by Charlie Rose.My heart went out to you, and I say a Hail Mary every day for you and the courage to endure your illness. I wish you could get to a church where perpetual adoration is held and wrap yourself in the real Presence.It is like,it is God and he wants you to receive Him within. He does not ask conversion,just to be His Christbearer as only you can. My concern and my wish for you is Peace.I never forget that Hail Mary and her Magnificat.
10/16/2010 7:36:34 PM
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Ann Evans
I pray daily one Hail Mary for Christopher Hitchens,that he will hear that Voice and embrace Him who loves us so much He is there,Mr. Hitchens just as He was when you were brought into life.He'll contnue to rest on your shoulder and help you cross the eternal river. He loves you and will not let go.
10/16/2010 7:43:43 PM
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Ismael
Well Hitchens has a lot of passion.

Although I disagree with him and sometimes I am disgusted by his unreasonable, vulgar and vile attacks (like those against mother Theresa), I respect him more than Dawkins (who deserves very little rispect) and the other two 'horsemen of atheism'.

At least Hitchens had the courage and wits to debate with many religious apologists and soon he will debate with former UK premier Tony Blair (who's Catholic).

I agree with Nora, God loves Hitchens as well, because God loves all his creatures.

Who knows... maybe Christopher Hitchens might find God some day as well like his brother Paul and (in some lesser extent) former atheist Antony Few did.

Besides we should pray each day for atheists... praying for the saints is much less useful :P
10/16/2010 11:16:30 PM
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C.Pineau
Yes pray for him. That's all we can do, but it is a lot. Did U look at his first name ? Christopher = Christ bearer. Isn't it strange. He will have his Road to Damascus... It is already started.
11/5/2010 7:11:47 PM
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Joe
I am listening to his brother Peter's book now. He seems to be addressing it to Christopher although I doubt Christopher will take it seriously if he does read it. I think one of the redeeming characteristics of Christopher is that he has a strong sense of justice and injustice although as believers we might consider it warped (former Marxist, etc.). I hope C. Pineau is correct that he will have his Damascus moment and enough humility to accept it.
11/6/2010 12:18:22 AM
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Francis
I have read that it would have been quite probable that Jesus would have participated in discussions with the Jewish rabbis about all aspects of their religion. I think it is beneficial to listen to those standing outside the RCs. If you wish to have some influence or inspire your 'enemy' to your viewpoints, you have to know their view of your beliefs. I find it interesting that people will see obvious discrepancies in other religions but then are so blind to obvious weaknesses in their own practice. It’s almost like ‘having faith’ has an accompanying form of blindness.
Comments calling for Mother Teresa to interceding for Mr. Hitchens seems innocent enough to a RC but to someone like Mr. Hitchens, I’m sure he would say, “If God is omnipotent, all knowing….are you not demoting God to ‘human like characteristics’ by your suggestion that he is one that could be arm twisted by influence from Mother Teresa.” This paints a scene of God surrounded by the saints and his listening to their lobbying efforts for various causes.
I like Fr. Barron explanation of God as in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/user/RCAVonline#p/u/0/GXneEvcyfW0
If you want non-believers to listen to your descriptions of God then consistency is key, don’t change God to meet your arguments. Is he a ‘sky fairy’ or the ‘architect of the universe’ around us of no shape or mind but being ever present in all things?
12/2/2010 1:46:55 PM
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