Saturday, November 5, 2016
I am impressed and sometimes befuddled by people who believe in a God worth serving, after they have experienced tragedy and suffering. It is hardly faith to believe in a God who seems to give you what you ask. You find parking places, missing keys, good health news, and you say you believe. These good results support your faith. But for many of these same people, tragedy and suffering leads them away from faith. They stop believing or wanting anything to do with God issues. God did not come through for them. I read about a fellow, Alphonsus Rodriquez, whose wife died in childbirth and then his two young children died. Shattered, he did not give up believing, but decided to devote the rest of his life to serving God in others. He became a doorman at a Jesuit college. He was welcoming and caring for everyone who passed through the door. He was declared a Saint. When bad news transforms you, now that is a miracle. Still want to be a saint?