Bp WIlliamson column Jan 28
#1
Your  Excellency, please tell us something more cheerful !
God exists. He is all-powerful,  all-knowing, all-just, but his mercy is also boundless. He is in perfect  control of all that is happening in the world. Neither the Devil nor his human  servants, including the criminals now running the world, can lift a finger without his permission. He knows every detail of their diabolical plans and is using every single one of them to fulfil his own Providential design.
But  how then can he be allowing so much evil in our world ?
Because while he never wants evil,  he wants to allow it, so as to bring out of it a greater good. Many prophecies indicate that out of today’s global corruption will arise tomorrow  the greatest triumph ever of the Catholic Church, e.g. Our Lady of Fatima; “In  the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” What is happening right now is that  Our Lord is using his enemies to purify his Church.
But  could he not have found a less unpleasant way of purifying his Church than for  us to have us go through today’s unbelievable corruption ?
If it depended only on him, undoubtedly he  could have found other ways of purifying his Church, but if you and I knew all  that he knows – foolish thought ! – and if above all you and I wanted, as he  does, to respect the free-will that he gives to all human beings, then there is every likelihood that you and I would see that the way he is choosing to do  things is the best.
And  just what does man’s free-will have to do with it ?
God does not want robots or merely  irrational animals to share with him in his bliss. Now even he cannot give to  his creatures a deserved happiness which they have done nothing to deserve,  because that is contradictory and his power is over all being, not over  non-being such as things contradictory. But if creatures are at least in part  to deserve his bliss, then he must give them free-will, which if it is to be  for real, must be able to choose the opposite of what he wants for it, and if  it is really able to choose evil, then that is what will happen, more or less  often.
But  you say that the true Church follows Our Lord in teaching that narrow is the  path to Heaven and few there be that find it (Mt.VII, 14). How can it be worth  God’s while to have created, just today for instance, a mass of human beings,  if only relatively few reach Heaven ? How can so many falling into the horrors  of Hell not be too high a price to pay for the relatively few reaching Heaven ?
Because God works in quality, not in  quantity. That a mere ten men could have saved from his wrath the whole city of Sodom (Gen. XVIII, 32) proves how precious to God is one single soul responding  to his love, over a large number that by their own free choice do not  want his love. “I would have gone through the whole Passion just for you,” said  Our Lord once to a soul. He would say it to any soul.
Do  you mean that if, when the world worries and torments me, I merely stick all the more closely to God, then he takes account of it, for me and for those  around me ? I might almost want the world to be still worse !
Now you are getting the idea !
Kyrie eleison.
 
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(01-28-2012, 10:30 AM)a83192 Wrote: Your  Excellency, please tell us something more cheerful !
God exists. He is all-powerful,  all-knowing, all-just, but his mercy is also boundless. He is in perfect  control of all that is happening in the world. Neither the Devil nor his human  servants, including the criminals now running the world, can lift a finger without his permission. He knows every detail of their diabolical plans and is using every single one of them to fulfil his own Providential design.
But  how then can he be allowing so much evil in our world ?
Because while he never wants evil,  he wants to allow it, so as to bring out of it a greater good. Many prophecies indicate that out of today’s global corruption will arise tomorrow  the greatest triumph ever of the Catholic Church, e.g. Our Lady of Fatima; “In  the end my Immaculate Heart will triumph.” What is happening right now is that  Our Lord is using his enemies to purify his Church.
But  could he not have found a less unpleasant way of purifying his Church than for  us to have us go through today’s unbelievable corruption ?
If it depended only on him, undoubtedly he  could have found other ways of purifying his Church, but if you and I knew all  that he knows – foolish thought ! – and if above all you and I wanted, as he  does, to respect the free-will that he gives to all human beings, then there is every likelihood that you and I would see that the way he is choosing to do  things is the best.
And  just what does man’s free-will have to do with it ?
God does not want robots or merely  irrational animals to share with him in his bliss. Now even he cannot give to  his creatures a deserved happiness which they have done nothing to deserve,  because that is contradictory and his power is over all being, not over  non-being such as things contradictory. But if creatures are at least in part  to deserve his bliss, then he must give them free-will, which if it is to be  for real, must be able to choose the opposite of what he wants for it, and if  it is really able to choose evil, then that is what will happen, more or less  often.
But  you say that the true Church follows Our Lord in teaching that narrow is the  path to Heaven and few there be that find it (Mt.VII, 14). How can it be worth  God’s while to have created, just today for instance, a mass of human beings,  if only relatively few reach Heaven ? How can so many falling into the horrors  of Hell not be too high a price to pay for the relatively few reaching Heaven ?
Because God works in quality, not in  quantity. That a mere ten men could have saved from his wrath the whole city of Sodom (Gen. XVIII, 32) proves how precious to God is one single soul responding  to his love, over a large number that by their own free choice do not  want his love. “I would have gone through the whole Passion just for you,” said  Our Lord once to a soul. He would say it to any soul.
Do  you mean that if, when the world worries and torments me, I merely stick all the more closely to God, then he takes account of it, for me and for those  around me ? I might almost want the world to be still worse !
Now you are getting the idea !
Kyrie eleison.
 

His Excellency's letters get better and better  :)
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#3
His Lordship rocks!!!
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#4
Figuratively of course...  :grin:
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#5
(01-28-2012, 11:47 AM)matthew_talbot Wrote: Figuratively of course...  :grin:

Of course  :P
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