Monday, January 17, 2011

Not an Act of God

Two episodes in, and I'm thoroughly enjoying The Cape. I was pleasantly surprised when the antihero mentor, Max Malini, says of our hero's recovery from poison that "it's in God's hands". I hope that's the beginning of a trend of positive references to faith.

Later in that episode, Vince Faraday The Cape (shh) shouts about his transformation into a costumed hero that: "This didn't just happen, Max. This wasn't an act of God. One man just took everything from me!"

How easily some of us blame God for the evil in our lives. God does not cause evil. That is contrary to what we mean by "God"; if God did evil, He would not be God. However, God permits evil to happen to us. Why?

The Catechism tells us that God permits evil for two reasons: "...because he respects the freedom of his creatures and, mysteriously, knows how to derive good from it:" [311] Vince is correct that a man did that evil to him and his family. What he doesn't realize, yet, is the great good that God can bring out of that evil through his heroism.

It wasn't an act of God. Nonetheless, it is part of God's plan.

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