How are we to explain suffering?

Our youngest is 21 years old. He has never questioned his faith until now. A young man he works with has a 3 year old daughter who has a large brain tumor. He was just home for his supper break and asked me “Why does God allow things like this to happen?” I tried to explain that we don’t understand the reason for suffering and that I understood how he feels. I said that sometimes, good things happen out of bad situations. My only real answer to him was that you have to believe that there is a reason to all the suffering in the world and that we will not understand it, until our next life. Does anyone have some advice that I could give him? Thanks.


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