I think there is a wide-spread tendency to chalk up everything - especially unpleasant things - that happens as part of "God's Plan" or "God's Will". This has become especially clear to me in the wake of the presidential election, the results of which, were quite disappointing to me and mine.
There is an "oh, that must be God's will"
mentality that follows. I submit that it is most assuredly NOT God's
will for us to have a leader who promotes abortion, who is hell-bent
on pushing contraception to the point of requiring even those whose
consciences dictate otherwise to pay for it, who advocates and approves
of gay marriage, etc. We have the God-given gift of free will, and on
November 6, 2012, more Americans than not, used their free will to vote
in support of these things. This was even more disappointing to me than
the choice for President. Ultimately God's Will is not determined by
popular or electoral vote, but rather by the teachings of Jesus and His
Church. (And in the interest of being bi-partisan, I don't propose
that Mr. Romney was God's Will, either. Closer in many areas, but far
from a perfect candidate.)
That we humans would screw it up
should come as no huge shocker. Man has been deviating from the will of
God since the apple incident back near the beginnings of mankind. His
Chosen People, the Israelites, didn't get it right, either. They were
left to wander in the desert for 40 years as a result of their hard-
heartedness, and then they still didn't get it right after that.
Hundreds of years later, they were sent into exile and some of the tribes
were never to return.
My Facebook status that night, cognizant of
the fact that I have friends and co-workers who cancelled my vote,
borrowed from Deuteronomy.
...oh that you would choose life. Maybe next time, Lord. Have mercy.
Wherein Fr. Z assigns some worthwhile reading
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