Through the face
of a child shines
such beauty that
we can know from it alone that God exists and that He is good.
Baby sleeping

 

 

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When they were little,
my children understood this truth.

As they grew older, some of them
shoved God out of their lives.

Boy yelling stop


. . . refusing to hear even a word about Him
for the same reason many adults
reject God today:

 

"If God is good,
why does He permit evil?"


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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.


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Take another look at that
baby girl at the top of this page.

Can you explain to an unbeliever
how the same God who creates
and holds in existence this lovely infant
could allow another child to fall into
the circumstances below?

 

 

 

Baby in Shanghai 1937
1937: Shanghai bombed by the Japanese

 

My kids know that men bombed this train station
--- not God --- and that men commit the countless
other 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?"


"Daddy,
if you could
stop those things,
you'd do it in a minute.

"Why doesn’t God?"

 

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To answer my kids (and quiet doubts in
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.

St Pauls under bombs
1940: London's St. Paul's Cathedral bombed by the Nazis

 

In this book, confronted daily with evils
greater than you or I are likely ever
to encounter, Dom Bruno addresses
--- without fudging or flinching ---
these hard questions and more.

The result?

A slim but powerful volume
that provides the most convincing
explanation of the mystery of evil
that’s available today.

 

Why Does God Permit Evil? (Book cover)

 

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;

    And finally,


  • Why, although He could intervene to prevent these evils, God did not.

 

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Was God helpless?

Indifferent?

Outgunned?

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,
Dom Bruno demonstrates that:

 

  • God never does evil

  • God is not even an
    indirect cause of evil


  • And God regularly transmutes evil
    into an instrument that destroys
    the sin that gives birth to it
    in the first place.
vvv

 

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You know, 600 years ago, God calmed the troubled
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:

Baby sleeping

 

 

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")
permits evil.

Not only will this book
enlighten and console you,
it will help you transform
your own sufferings
into deeds that will hasten
that day when, finally,
“all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things
shall be well.”

 

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Why Does God Permit Evil? (book cover)
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Dom Bruno Webb, O.S.B.
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Among the Authors and Saints Cited:
Abbé Francis Trochu, Abbot Anscar Vonier, Abbot Columba Marmion, Abbot John Chapman, Blessed Julian of Norwich, Blessed Virgin Mary, C. S. Lewis, Fr. Bede Jarrett, O.P., Fr. C. C. Martindale, Fr. Daniel Considine, S.J., Fr. Emile Mersch, S.J., Fr. Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Fr. Joseph Rickaby, S.J., Fr. Martin D’Arcy, Fr. Vincent McNabb, O.P., Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, Père Fernand Prat, S.J., Pope Leo XIII, Pope Pius IX, Pope Pius XI, Pope St. Pius X, St. Athanasius, St. Augustine, St. Benedict Joseph Labre, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Francis Xavier, St. Gregory of Nyssa, St. Irenaeus, St. Leo the Great, St. Paul, St. Peter, St. Thomas Aquinas, and more.

 

From the Foreword
by The Most Reverend Richard Downey
Archbishop of Liverpool

"Most treatises on the problem of evil make very dull reading, but this little book is a marked exception.

"It is at once arresting, refreshing, stimulating, and comforting. It offers a practical message to the stricken, the sorrowful, and the suffering, and to all who strive to bring themselves into union with Christ crucified. We wish this volume the wide circulation it certainly deserves."

 

 

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