ALL WE HAVE TO ENDURE COMES FROM GOD

My friend Fr. Sean Kopczynski, MSJB sent me this teaching from the Roman Catechism.crucifix

 ALL WE HAVE TO ENDURE COMES FROM GOD.

“He who thinks himself injured ought above all to be persuaded that the man on whom he desires to be revenged was not the principal cause of the loss or injury. Thus that admirable man, Job, when violently injured by the Sabeans, the Chaldeans, and by Satan, took no account of these, but as a righteous and very holy man exclaimed with no less truth than piety: The Lord gave, the Lord has taken away. The words and the example of that man of patience should, therefore, convince Christians, and the conviction is most just, that whatever chastisements we endure in this life come from the hand of God, the Father and Author of all justice and mercy. He chastises us not as enemies, but, in His infinite goodness, corrects us as children. To view the matter in its true light, men, in these cases, are nothing more than the ministers and agents of God. One man, it is true, may cherish the worst feelings towards another, he may harbor the most malignant hatred against him; but, without the permission of God, he can do him no injury. This is why Joseph was able patiently to endure the wicked counsels of his brethren, and David, the injuries inflicted on him by Semei. Here also applies an argument which St. Chrysostom has ably and learnedly handled. It is that no man is injured but by himself. Let the man, who considers himself injured by another, consider the matter in the right way and he will certainly find that he has received no injury or loss from others. For although he may have experienced injury from external causes, he is himself his greatest enemy by wickedly staining his soul with hatred, malevolence and envy” (cf. 5th Commandment).

7 Replies to “ALL WE HAVE TO ENDURE COMES FROM GOD”

  1. ” ALL WE HAVE TO ENDURE COMES FROM GOD.”
    The evil deeds of men do not come from God , even if they be priests, bishops, cardinals or popes, or religious leaders of other faiths. God permits evil because He will not deprive us of our free will which we wrongly use to commit evil , God does not commit sin nor will evil. God can use the evil of men to chastise, or to sanctify men.
    Evil can be either endured by for spiritual purposes or fought against depending on what the evil situation is and on our abilities to fight against it.
    Blaming God for the evil deeds of men is blasphemy , when it is institutionalized in a faith community, it is a blasphemous spirituality.

    1. In the book: “Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence” by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure. The author discusses that problem.

      The dilemma of saying that the evil done by others comes from God, yet God does not cause sin is solved by understanding that sin has two components, a moral component and a physical component. The moral component is the sin itself in the will which God does not cause. But the physical component are all the physical actions of the assailant that proceeds from this act of will. God does cooperate in the physical actions, thus He is first cause of them, but does not cause the moral sin behind it.

      1. God does cooperate in the physical actions, thus He is first cause of them, but does not cause the moral sin behind it.

        This statement is true only in the sense that the “cooperation” of God in the evil acts of man is understood as coming from the fact that God is the first cause of all things and the physical evil of a moral act could possibly cease ( eg. the bullet fired could fall to the ground) if God would choose to will it so. But in most cases, God “tolerates” the physical evil resulting from sinful acts of man for the reason that he chooses to let man act with a free will , for the purpose that man choose to do good freely, and thereby demonstrate his love for God. Choosing good does not necessarily shield us from the evil deeds of others but by enduring which we cannot fight against, we gain spiritual merit.

  2. No matter what hardships we face in this world – God works all things for GOOD for those who love him. Even if that be to train us as children and teach us humility and pure faith in him. For without God, we simply would not be.

    1. “No matter what hardships we face in this world – God works all things for GOOD for those who love him. Even if that be to train us as children and teach us humility and pure faith in him. For without God, we simply would not be.”

      We just have to be careful not to be trained to be masochists for the heretical network who are always looking for victims to teach this form of false humility for their own exaltation and for the advance of their cause; for surely they are as relentless as the netherworld and could teach the Devil tricks.

  3. Amen every temptation and suffering is a blessing.Its in these times of suffering,trial,temptation,and agony that we lean upon the Lord! I myself have recently learned to let go of any expectations and depend on the Lord.I deserve nothing and must expect to receive nothing.The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want.After 4o years I finally understand and grasp that sacred Psalm.Lay people must stop acting as if they’re ordained Priest’s and accept what our blessed special chosen Priest’s say.

    1. “Lay people must stop acting as if they’re ordained Priest’s and accept what our blessed special chosen Priest’s say.”

      This comment brings to mind what Benedict xvi , then Cardinal Ratzinger, replied when asked, ” Who chooses the Pope, the conclave or the Holy Spirit?”
      His reply was: ” I would say that the cardinals choose the Pope, because we have had bad popes.”

      We must know our Faith because there are “Wolves” as well as poorly prepared priests, and priests with personal dispositions that interfere orthodoxy as well as with ministry. If we accepted all that some priests say and believe , we would be heretics and/or living in habitual grave sin.

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