A hermit declared with evident satisfaction that “God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.”
Obviously upset, the Staretz St Silouan said: “Tell me, supposing you went to paradise, and there you looked down and saw someone burning in hell fire, would you feel happy?”
“It can’t be helped. It would be their own fault,” said the hermit.
The Staretz St Silouan answered him in a sorrowful countenance: “Love could not bear that,” he said. “We must pray for all.”
[Do you. Do you pray for all. Or do you simply say, “Good-bye.”]