Wednesday, January 13, 2010

One of the advantages to being Catholic ...

... is that a living Magisterium can rely on two millennia of constant teaching to discern the will of the Holy Spirit, as opposed to the bizarre speculation of a guy who claims to hear a voice in his head that just happens to be ... well, God. Probably. Take his word for it. Don't ask him why. And call that number at the bottom of the screen.

Now, the charities associated with Pat Robertson and The 700 Club will undoubtedly launch a great relief effort to Haiti in the next few days. More power to them. But so will Catholic Relief Services, and it will be without pretending to know why God allows some people to suffer and not others. If we did not suffer, we would not seek out God. If we did not seek out God, we would not find Him.

C S Lewis reminded us that God gives us the gift of suffering, so that we may be witnesses to His glory, and that we may be His instruments here on earth. Someone should remind Pat Robertson, before he says something really stupid.

For now, may God bless the people of Haiti, and may He have mercy on us all.

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