"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)
Sunday, August 9, 2009
A Catholic Reflection on the Meaning of Suffering
We believe in an all-loving, all-power God. Not only does all love come from God, but the Apostle John says that God is Love. And we know that genuine love seeks the good for the beloved. If you love someone, you want that person to have what is truly good for him, what truly and most perfectly makes him happy. But God loves us infinitely more than we love each other. Therefore we know that God wants us to have what is good for us, what truly makes us happy.
But that is just what makes the sufferings of this present life so odd, perplexing, even apparently contradictory. If God is all powerful, and truly seeks our good, then why does He allow all the suffering we experience in this life?