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Bad Things Happen to Good People

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I blame God for the presence of evil in the universe. If it is not He who allows His creatures freedom to do evil, then who does? It is He who created a universe within which innocent children suffer, the good die young, and the evil get away with murder. And it is He who loved us so much that He gave His only-begotten son to be our savior, so that "whosoever believeth in Him may not die but may live forever" (Jn 3:16).
== Suffering with Jesus ==
 
The closing oration of the Feast of the Sorrows of Mary reads: "may we make up in our own lives, whatever is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the good of the Church."
 
This prayer is derived from Paul's letter to the Colossians: "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the church" [http://www.usccb.org/bible/col/1:24 (Col 1:24).]
 
What is "lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body" is ''our participation in His priestly action.''
 
Our sufferings are real.
 
By entering into Jesus' priestly offering of Himself, we are empowered to act "on behalf of His Body, which is the Church."
 
The Body is blessed and grows when we are willing to pick up our cross and follow Jesus through suffering into glory.
 
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