So the next question we may ask ourselves is "Why does God permit evil?" And Mother Angelica has an answer. "His providence protects the freedom of His creatures by permitting evil. If you reject God and turn against Him with your free will, God will still draw good out of it--- for your good or for the good of another."
The free will He gives us enables us to make our own choices and to learn from them. Ever heard the expression "Learn from your mistakes?" Of course you have. How are we going to make mistakes if we don't have that free will to do so? I know that the most I have learned, and the best that I remember, is through mistakes. And that could be my own, or someone else's. So remember. You may not learn, or maybe you don't get something positive out of the evil in your life, but maybe someone else did, or will. It's not for us to know, nor for us to dwell upon. It will only make us miserable and draw us further from God with distrust. Trust in Him. There is a reason.
Some words of comfort from Mother:
God knows your every need and desire. He listens to your every sigh and sees every tear. He surrounds you completely. Even though you do not see the end of the road, you need not fear.
Note: I just read a great post from Faith and Family Live! with a little info on this very subject.
Speaking the Truth
We don’t like to speak the truth about evil because we’re going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that Somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It’s your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can either take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today.
- Mother Angelica
- Mother Angelica