To the editor:
Why does evil seem so pervasive in our world? Why does God allow it? In the Navarre Bible’s commentary on the parable of "the weeds" in Matthew 12:24-43 lies one answer: "The end of this parable gives a symbolic explanation of why God allows evil to have its way for a time … Evil is to run its course until the end of time … the church is composed of good and bad people … they are mixed with one another until the harvest time, the end of the world…"
The catechism also states; "He permits (moral evil) however, because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it." (Para. 311)
I am reminded of a (January 10, 2014) meditation by Ann Voskamp: "As God plans … so it stands … From the bedroom window, I watch a shadow move across the lawn, move out long across our wheat fields. That is what a a shadow is, an empty space, a hole in the light. Evil is that — a hole in the goodness of God … a willful choice to turn away from the full goodness of God to that empty of his goodness."
Pope Benedict XVI wrote in "Pilgrim fellowship of faith" that "the church is on earth to prevent the advance of hell on the earth."
So, the answer to our doubts and fears lie in our catholic faith. "Be still and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10).