st_silouan_athoniteA quote from Elder Sophony’s book, Saint Silouan the Athonite:

“I remember a conversation between him (Saint Silouan) and a certain hermit, who declared with evident satisfaction, ‘God will punish all atheists. They will burn in everlasting fire.’

Obviously upset, The Staretz said:

‘Tell me, supposing you went to paradise and there looked down and saw somebody burning in hell-fire – would you feel happy?’

‘It can’t be helped. It would be their own fault,’ said the hermit.

The Staretz answered him with a sorrowful countenance:

‘Love could not bear that,’ he said. ‘We must pray for all’”

From Elder Sophony’s book, Saint Silouan the Athonite, page 48.  Available here.