when bad things happen

Wretched, rotten things happen to all of us. And they happen to those we love. “Why did this happen to me? I don`t deserve this” is a tough question for anyone to answer.

Evil in our lives is always difficult to accept, but even harder when it is out of our control. We read about a tragic car accident and quickly search for the words “alcohol or speed was probably a factor.”  Aha! There was a reason. The accident could have been avoided. Someone our age dies suddenly of heart failure. Well, he or she drank too much, smoked and/or was overweight. A couple is divorcing after a twenty year marriage. The entire town knows one of the spouses was having a fling. No surprise.

But how are we to make sense of the inexplicable accident or death? How do we make sense of the person who lives an immaculately healthy life-style and gets cancer or has a massive coronary at a young age? How do we make sense of the relationship that falls apart for no apparent reason?

Many theologians have tried to explain the problem of evil in the world. If God is good, and all that God created is good, why does evil exist?

Catholics have a great answer for unanswerable questions. It’s a mystery! The next few blogs will be a humble attempt to ponder this mystery.