The Question. Often while sitting in the psychological
counselor’s chair a very common question emerges:
“Why does God allow these
bad things to happen?"
There are many similar takes on this question such as:
“Why does this happen to such an innocent child?”
“If we have such a
good God, then why is there so much suffering in this world?”
“If God was on the
Cross for so manyhours,then why
has my relative been afflicted with this or that ailment for so many
husband, my daughter, and I embarked upon the journey of a lifetime early this
summer from June 13 through June 23, 2015. In celebration of our 30th wedding
anniversary, we set out to walk the last leg of the Portuguese Way of the
Camino de Santiago de Compostela. The route began in Tui, Spain with its
destination ending in Santiago de Compostela, traditionally the location of the
crypt and remains of St. James, the Apostle. This segment of the Camino is approximately
history of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela dates back well over 1000 years
with Christians making this pilgrimage since the Middle Ages.
The Best Laid Plans…
We’ve all experienced it. We
make plans and nothing seems to go the way that we anticipated. “The best laid plans of mice and men often go
awry,” is an often repeated quote from the Scottish poet Robert Burns. Wiktionary states that it is an “expression used to signify the futility of
making detailed plans when the outcome is uncertain.” The truth of the matter is that nothing is
certain. Sacred Scripture states that
the“The wind blows wherever it pleases.
Encountering a decision whether big or small can often bring about a
great amount of anxiety. At times
indecision can destroy inner peace and can even have a major crippling effect
on one’s spiritual welfare as well as psychological progress. Procrastination is often caused by inability
to make a decision for fear of failure.
Perfectionists are known to be diagnostically the worst procrastinators
simply because of the fear of making a mistake. These persons are experts at
Today, February 11 is the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes marks the observance of the World Day of the Sick. This celebration is a reminder to pray for the sick and to recognize for all those who work in health care and serve as caregivers.
But today also marks a milestone in the history of our Church, the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI has taken today Feb. 11, which also precedes the beginning of Lent on Ash Wednesday, to make the announcement of his resignation :