…deeds are done which appear so evil to us
and people suffer such terrible evils
that it does not seem as though any good will ever come of them;
and we consider this, sorrowing and grieving over it
so that we cannot find peace in the blessed contemplation of God as we should do;
and this is why:
our reasoning powers are so blind now, so humble and so simple,
that we cannot know the high, marvelous wisdom, the might
and the goodness of the Holy Trinity.
And this is what he means where he says,
“You shall see for yourself that all manner of things shall be well”,
as if he said, “Pay attention to this now, faithfully and confidently,
and at the end of time you will truly see it in the fullness of joy.
~Julian of Norwich from Revelations of Divine Love
Today in the newspaper a whole page is devoted to the photos, names and ages of those cut down a week ago in the latest mass shooting, all victims of an unexplainable evil.
I cannot find peace in their deaths. If I were their family member, there could be no peace for me in the ongoing anguish and despair of untimely senseless loss. Only the intervention of the Holy Spirit can possibly change anger and grief to the fullness of joy. It can come as slow and imperceptibly as the still small voice.
I pray that those who have been hurt, who may never fully recover from their physical and emotional injury, may come to understand how such evil may be used for good. It is the hardest of all for our simple blind human reasoning to accept.
All manner of things shall be well – even as we weep until we are dry.