[quote=tenfootpole]It’s just completly absurd, you know we have almost no vocations in the francophone areas of Canada and we get a holy and passionate young man and bam hes gone. How can this possibly make sense.
I understand how difficult it can be to accept the ugliness of the world, unjust deaths, disease, mental illness, pain, war, people who turn against God. It never makes any “sense” to us while we are in the middle of it. Even if intellectually we accept that God’s Will be done, it can be difficult to accept with our hearts when we are hurting.
God did not want death, disease, or pain for us. The human race chose it of our own free will at the beginning of time. We all suffer the consequences of original sin, no matter how much we love God and how much God loves us. It is part of the human condition.
God doesn’t see time or the world the same way we do. When we look at our lives we feel that time is precious because we realize how little of it we have, such a short time to “get it right.” God sees the world in terms of the salvation of souls. Sometimes His people need to see a medical miracle and sometimes they will grow more spiritually if they experience a loss. It isn’t bad for the person who dies because they are with God, all his longings are fulfilled. Perhaps that person is at the height of their readiness for salvation, and it was their perfect moment, chosen by God.
Suffering is an important part of life and salvation. It is a condition of the human race, nobody can escape it. Jesus was very near the age of your 31 yr old priest. Contemplate the Way of the Cross today and ask Jesus to give you comfort and peace with the loss of your friend. From an earthly perspective Jesus was at the height of his ministry, he only preached the kingdom for 3 years. Only Jesus himself and His Mother Mary truly understood His purpose, what it meant to be the Lamb of God. Imagine the disciples, they were frightened and grieving. It must have seemed senseless to them that God would allow such a great young man to die. They couldn’t comprehend who Jesus is, that His suffereing and death would bring about salvation for humanity. Nothing made sense to them, they hid in the upper room until Jesus appeared and the Holy Spirit descended upon them.
It is normal to question what seems to make no sense, it is a part of the grieving process to question and to feel anger.
The best thing for you to do is to pray and contemplate the WAy of the Cross, imagine yourself in the shoes of the disciples and women who were with them. Ask Jesus to help you find comfort and peace, to bring you into greater understanding, to use your pain to help you grow just as the disciples were transformed by their relationship with Jesus and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
God Bless You.