Good from evil
Saturday, February 11, 2012
I'm reading the catechism of the catholic church and I came across the part discussing the presence of evil in the world--the age old question of "Why does it exist?" That question certanly came up this week in that horrific news about the father blowing up his home, killing himself and 2 very innocent children. "God is in no way, directly or indirectly, the cause of moral evil. He permits it, however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures..." I think most of us understand this concept of free will--God made us but he has given us the free will to choose to love Him or not, to follow his ways or not, to choose good over evil or vice versa. Unfortunately, that father chose the latter. But what really intrigued me about the sentence I quoted was it's completion: "...and mysteriously, (He) knows how to derive good from it." St Augustine is also quoted: "For almighty God...would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself." At this point, I am not sure what kind of good can come from such a cowardly act as that, and I may never reach that understanding in this lifetime. But it's definitely something to reflect on, not just in terms of worldy events, but also in terms of my life. What are the bad things that happened in my life? What good has come out of them? I may not see any good now, but maybe, after some deep reflection, it may come to me.