Why Does God Allow This?
Today at Matins, Saint Augustine had a message that spoke directly to the post–Synodal preoccupations of not a few souls. One often hears, “Why does God allow this?” or again, “Why does God not purify His Church of the bad elements wreaking havoc in her?”. Saint Augustine says that it is not a fruitless task to bear with the hostility of the enemies of the City of God — even with those marked by the sacramental sign — until such time as they confess the true faith. In every age there has been the temptation to murmur against God, who appears to have lost control over His Church. There is, in all things — even in the most disruptive and disconcerting personages and events in the Church — “an order completely hidden from us, but perfectly known to God himself”. God, says Saint Augustine, “is himself in control, as the master of events, and arranges the order of things as a governor”. This being said, the Votive Mass for the Defense of the Church authorizes us to pray boldly:
Exsúrge, quare obdórmis, Dómine? exsúrge, et ne