Science, Religion and Atheism
This has always been the most important question, and it always will be. But it is remarkable that the same men who will spend almost every waking minute of their life looking for a way to do something difficult like splitting the atom, will not give a second thought to answering this question.
MALAYA CATHOLIC LEADER, SATURDAY. 17th FEBRUARY, 1940, page 7, women's page.
A. To know Him, to love Him, and serve Him, as He created you. Certainly these unfortunates gave Him plenty of glory during His public life, and so were far from useless. There would be no bodily ills had man not sinned. Sufferings, like death, are a consequence of original sin. They happen according to natural laws established by God, with the operations of which He is not obliged to interfere. He permits suffering, forseeing that good can result from it.
Q. WHY ARE SOME RICH WHILE OTHERS ARE POOR?
A. The reasons may be perfectly natural. Poverty and riches are the world's, but not God's. standard of success. In fact, He deliberately chose poverty for Himself, whereas He might have been rich. He said, "Woe to you rich, for you already have your consolation." And He also said, "Blessed are the poor."
Q. HOW ABOUT THOSE WHO ARE FAITHFUL TO THE COMMANDMENTS YET ARE SOMETIMES DISMISSED FROM SERVICE, WHILE OTHERS WHO ARE IN SIN OFTEN LIVE LUXURIOUS LIVES?
A. The same answer as above. If this life were the end of all, there would be no answer. Since it isn't, the answer will be in the after life that God promised the just.
The Malayan Catholic News, 17th January 1954, page 9