Scripture Verse for May 2020 and Questions:
Proverbs 19: 3 “When a man’s folly brings his way to ruin, his heart rages against the LORD.”
1. Have you ever become angry at God?
2. How did you resolve your anger?
Proverbs 19: 21. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.”
1. Compare Proverbs 19:21 with 19: 6. Do you think these verses are saying similar things?
Paragraphs 303-314 of the Catechism discuss the workings of Divine Providence, especially in situations of great physical and moral evil (for example natural disasters, etc.). Look especially at Paragraphs 303, 310, and 311. See below.
2. What trust do you place in God’s Providence for yourself?
For others affected by such evils?
CCC 303: The witness of Scripture is unanimous that the solicitude (excessive concern) of divine providence is concrete and immediate; God cares for all, from the least things to the great events of the world and its history. The sacred books powerfully affirm God’s absolute sovereignty over the course of events: “Our God is in the heavens; he does whatever he pleases.” And so it is with Christ, “who opens and no one shall shut, who shuts and no one opens.” (Revelation 3:7) As the Book of Proverbs states: “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.” (Proverbs 19: 21)
CCC 310: But why di God not create a world so perfect that no evil could exist in it? With infinite power God could always create something better. But with infinite wisdom and goodness God freely willed to create a world “in a state of journeying” toward its ultimate perfection. In God’s plan this process of becoming involves the appearance of certain beings and the disappearance of others, the existence of the more perfect alongside the less perfect, both constructive and destructive forces of nature. With physical good there exists also physical evil as long as creation has not reached perfection.
CCC 311: Angels and men, as intelligent and free creatures, have to journey toward their ultimate destinies by their free choice and preferential love. They can therefore go astray. Indeed, they have sinned. Thus has moral evil, incommensurably more harmful than physical evil, entered the world. 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 and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:
“For almighty God . . ., because he supremely good, 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.” St. Augustine