October 15; What Is The Reason For The Joy of Salvation Here On Earth?
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Chapter Ten: Deciding 15 October

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.

Philippians 4:11b

What Is The Reason For The Joy of Salvation Here On Earth?

Evil

The girl was killed in a car crash. She was 19. Her mother would demand of a priest, that God can’t be good to allow this deadly tragedy.

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There are two questions that we cannot answer on this side of eternity: The one that causes us the most grief is the origin of evil.* Where does it come from?

There are contradictions that cannot be solved by human logic: An omnipotent God who is all powerful and who is All Good—could not stop Satan and now allows evil to flourish?

Did God create a power he could not control? Is Satan more powerful than God? Did God create Evil?

The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce was an author and ambassador and was married to Time and Life publisher Henry Luce. She was an unbeliever in 1944 when her daughter was lost in the auto accident.

David T. Courtwright recounts the story in No Right Turn,

Finding no peace, and no consolation in her loveless, childless marriage—she was infertile now, and haunted by the memory of a youthful abortion and several miscarriages—the most envied woman in America hit bottom in a New York City hotel room one night in autumn 1945. “I tasted at long last the real meaning of meaninglessness: it is to believe that one is crawling to extinction, unloved, unlovable and unloving in the same kind of world.”

In tears, she knelt and recited the Our Father, the one prayer she knew by heart. Something stronger was needed now.

She opened a letter from Edward Wiatrak, a Jesuit missionary who had been patiently fishing for her soul…He made an appointment for her to see Monsignor Fulton Sheen….

“Listen,” she said, waving her manicured finger under his nose, “if God is good, why did He take my daughter?”

“In order that you might be here in the faith,” Sheen said.

“Is that why you invited me to dinner?” she demanded.

“That is the reason.”

Over the next several months of instruction, Sheen took every punch she threw.

…She became a Catholic…When Sheen asked her whom she would like to hear her confession, she said “some one who has seen the rise and fall of empires.”

Clare Boothe Luce may have been an imperfect witness for the joy of salvation. But as author Courtwright notes, “Thousands of people wrote her letters…Luce kept her secretaries busy replying to the stacked mail.

Clare Boothe Luce

Clare Boothe Luce

She was now in the convert-making business herself. In the spring of 1947 she published an account of her conversion in McCall’s, a popular woman’s magazine.”

She would continue to get attention in whatever she wrote; in whatever she did. She was making an eternal difference.

We do not always know where life’s misfortune and business mishaps will take us. But the challenges and any resulting glory does not accrue to the Christian but to Christ. We are to be happy for the greater glory; for God’s greater good. He always has something better.

I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. Philippians 4:11b

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*The other question is, “Why was I chosen to be among the Elect?…Why was my name picked by God to be written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the earth?”

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