The Profession of Faith
by the sins of all men—God, by his grace that “abounded all the
brought the greatest of goods: the glorification of Christ
and our redemption. But for all that, evil never becomes a good.
“We know that in everything God works for good for those
who love him.”
The constant witness of the saints confirms this
St. Catherine of Siena said to “those who are scandalized and
rebel against what happens to them”: “Everything comes
from love, all is ordained for the salvation of man, God does
nothing without this goal in mind.”
St. Thomas More, shortly before his martyrdom, consoled
his daughter: “Nothing can come but that that God wills.
And I make me very sure that whatsoever that be, seem it
never so bad in sight, it shall indeed be the best.”
Dame Julian of Norwich: “Here I was taught by the grace of
God that I should steadfastly keep me in the faith . . . and
that at the same time I should takemy stand on and earnestly
believe in what our Lord shewed in this time—that ‘all
manner [of] thing shall be well.’”
We firmly believe that God is master of the world and of
its history. But the ways of his providence are often unknown to
us. Only at the end, when our partial knowledge ceases, when we
see God “face to face,”
will we fully know the ways by which—
even through the dramas of evil and sin—God has guided his
creation to that definitive sabbath rest
for which he created
heaven and earth.
In the creation of the world and of man, God gave the
first and universal witness to his almighty love and his
wisdom, the first proclamation of the “plan of his
loving goodness,” which finds its goal in the new
creation in Christ.
180 Rom 8:28.
181 St. Catherine of Siena,
Dialogue on Providence,
ch. IV, 138.
The Correspondence of Sir Thomas More,
ed. Elizabeth F. Rogers (Princeton:
Princeton University Press, 1947), letter 206, lines 661-663.
183 Julian of Norwich,
The Revelations of Divine Love,
tr. James Walshe, SJ
(London: 1961), ch. 32, 99-100.