When they were little,
my children understood this truth.
As they grew older, some of them
out of their lives.
. . . refusing to hear even a word
for the same reason
reject God today:
"If God is good,
why does He permit evil?"
Sometimes, this is just a way
to avoid the question of God.
But this problem keeps outside the Church
many souls who truly do yearn
to live good and worthy lives.
Take another look
baby girl at the top of this page.
to an unbeliever
how the same God
and holds in existence
this lovely infant
could allow another child to fall into
the circumstances below?
1937: Shanghai bombed by the Japanese
My kids know that men bombed this train station
--- not God --- and that men commit the countless
horrors suffered by innocents each day.
"But why," they demand,
"doesn't God stop
bad men from doing bad things?"
"Why doesn't he stop the floods, hurricanes,
tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, diseases,
and other natural disasters that
cripple and kill millions each year?"
if you could
stop those things,
it in a minute.
"Why doesn’t God?"
To answer my kids (and quiet doubts
my own soul), I turn to the classic work
by the English Benedictine priest Dom Bruno Webb,
written shortly after Japan bombed the station above,
and while, not far from him, Nazi bombs rained
fire and death on his own countrymen.
1940: London's St. Paul's Cathedral bombed by the Nazis
In this book, confronted daily with evils
than you or I
are likely ever
Dom Bruno addresses
--- without fudging or flinching ---
these hard questions and more.
A slim but powerful volume
the most convincing
of the mystery of evil
that’s available today.
In these pages,
Dom Bruno explains:
The real sources of the appalling violence and savagery that lies close
to the heart of Nature;
Why the Earth and its creatures, human and otherwise, so often
groan in pain;
Why, even before they were born, Adam’s offspring fell with him;
Why, although He could intervene to prevent these evils, God did not.
Was God helpless?
Drawing on the holy wisdom of scores of saints,
many of whom lived (and some of whom were martyred) in times more savage than ours,
You know, 600 years ago,
soul of Dame Julian of Norwich, telling her:
"All shall be well;
and all shall be well;
and all manner of things
shall be well."
You can see that same promise
renewed today in the face of this child.
Take a moment now
to gaze on that promise:
And now get a copy of
Why Does God Permit Evil?,
the book that answers, once and for all,
the difficult question of why our God
(who assures us that "all shall be well")
Not only will this book
enlighten and console you,
it will help you transform
your own sufferings
into deeds that will
that day when, finally,
“all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things
shall be well.”