YOUCAT Series 8 – What We Believe: Divine Providence

Questions 49 to 51
This section looks at the implications of Divine Providence, in other words, how God is in control of all things.

Q. 49
See this article on God’s Will, in question and answer format, that explains the answer, in more detail than I am quoting here, to this question, ‘Are we supposed to believe that everything that happens on a daily basis, day-by-day, is God’s will and we should say, “yes” to everything?’
Short answer:‘It is not enough to say everything that happens is God’s will, and all we have to do is accept it passively.’

Indeed, as it says on p. 42 of the YOUCAT ‘Lord, make me an instrument of your peace’.

Q. 50
The thing that sticks out here for me is; How do we know if we are doing God’s will or just our own?

This piece by Father John Hardon covers this well I think. Although the YOUCAT looks at the sacrament of penance latter, I think it is worth while reflecting on it here too.

Peace of heart is the experience of doing the will of God. There is no peace in doing what we want. I know whereof I speak when I say that, doing one’s own will is hell on earth. God wants us to enjoy peace of heart. That is why He instituted the sacrament of Confession. The more frequently we confess our failings, no matter how minor they may seem to be, the more deeply peaceful we shall be. Why? Because if there is one thing that God wants us to admit, and keep admitting, it is that we are sinners who trust in His loving mercy.

Q. 51
A must-read article called, ‘How does the evil and suffering in the world align with the idea of a loving God?’ that covers the scope of this question well.

The most ancient and persistent objection to God’s existence is the problem of evil. How can a loving, powerful God allow so much evil and suffering in the world? Believers and nonbelievers alike must wrestle with this difficult question. Nonbelievers struggle with the atheist conclusion that morality is an illusory and ungrounded evolutionary artifact, in which case there may be no basis to complain about the unfairness of suffering, and believers battle with the apparent contradiction between God’s goodness and the suffering in the world.

Reflection Questions
• Why are Catholics not imposing their beliefs on others on issues of morality?
See Imposing Our Beliefs On Others

• What are Human Rights and where do they come from?
See Can Human Rights Survive Secularization? Part II

I found this study guide which has a series of videos exploring the contents of the YOUCAT that you might enjoy.


Posted on February 23, 2012, in Apologetics, Catholicism, Christianity, Youcat, Youcat Study Group and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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