Issue 1

Perhaps in face of all the events taking place around us, particularly the earthquake and the tsunami that hit Japan, I wasn't the only one asking himself where's God in all this. For the casual atheist, this might be a kind of unexpected manna from heaven which unequivocally solves the dilemma by providing that missing part needed to complete the formula for proving God's inexistence. On the other hand, it might have drawn shaky and staunch believers alike into a perennial limbo of uncertainty and unanswered questions. So is this yet another scenario ending up in a stalemate? Although I will not proceed by offering some sort of one-size-fits-all solution, which I quite frankly I don't have or even presume to have, I will try to offer some tips which can come to your "rescue" - only if you wish them to!

 

I think everybody would agree with me if I were to claim that it's impossible to know everything. However obvious this might seem, this doesn't in any way quench the thirst many of us have to understand unexplainable events; an interminable sequence of plausible, rational interpretations usually follows suit. So why don't we try taking another track and mark a new start line? What about relinquishing some of our power and pride in understanding the course of events and have faith for once? As a Christian, I know that only a good relationship with Jesus can grant me such a gift, that is a faith which helps me to understand what I cannot see with my own two eyes and not a blind faith. And, isn't what happened in Japan another crucible, another cry for the rest of humanity to light up the night of their Japanese brothers and sisters with their little lamps of love? Isn't this also God's message after all: "This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."? (John 13, 35)

 

From this it follows that it wasn't at all Japan's tragedy but rather the supposedly rooted desire in each and every one's heart to love and serve their brethren that constitutes God's discernable act of love in history. This is yet another challenge in our everyday life, which can be summed up in St. Ignatius' well-known maxim: "Finding God in all things".  

 

(I believe the question form to be the most suitable in this case because it sets off a reflective exercise within us all - Christians and non-Christians alike - and because this might be the best alternative just for those who are ready to let go, to make that step into the dark and love beyond borders.)    

Isaac-John Gatt


 

Click on the following link to view some thoughts in the form of a prayer that we would like to share with you: VIEW REFLECTION

 

 

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