105 pages worth reading

I have just begun a new book from Ignatius Press: Into Your Hands, Father.  Abandoning Ourselves to the God Who Loves Us by Fr. Wilfrid Stinissen. I think the title tells all.  I’ll tease you with the first paragraph:

A problem many people have today is that they no longer recognize God’s will in everything that happens.  They no longer believe in a Providence that allows all that takes place to work for the good of those who love God (Rom 8.28).  They say all too easily and superficially: “But it is not God’s will that there are wars or that people starve or are persecuted . . . .”  No, it is not God’s will that human beings fight with each other.  He wills that we love one another.  But when evil people who are opposed to his will hate and murder others, he allows this to become part of his plan for them. We must distinguish between the actual deed of someone who, for example, slanders us and the situation that comes to us as a result of the deed, which was not God’s will.  God did not will the sinful act, but from all eternity he has taken into account the consequences of it in our lives.  He wills that we grow through those very things that others do to us that are difficult and painful.

I think this will be 105 pages that will be well worth reading.

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