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Monday, February 1, 2010

Good Out of Evil

To speak of the “evils of the day” seems almost a cliché until we meet an overwhelming disaster like the earthquake in Haiti.  In the face of such death and disaster, the question of God’s goodness becomes acute for many. 

We locate moral evil in human disobedience; natural evil is harder to square with God’s providence.  Christian believers turn to the crucifix and see infinite goodness suffer the pangs of suffering and death.  What Christ’s cross promises is that, in the end, God has conquered sin and death and that He, in ways we cannot now fully fathom, brings good out of evil. 

That belief sustains our prayers for Haiti and its people now and in our prayers for one another in the midst of the many evils we face each day.  With the Haitians singing in the ruins of their homes and businesses, we praise God in order to believe in his love.

Francis Cardinal George, OMI

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