I would appreciate a knowledgeable and scriptural answer if possible please - as opposed to simple conjecture.
I’m sure most are aware of the recent bombings targeting Pakistan’s minority Christian community. These bombings are the latest in what seems like decades long persecution of the nations Christian people. Churches have been attacked, Christians set on fire, unfortunately the list is as long as it is hideous.
I was thinking about Lourdes, a place which holds special significance for me as I believe my visit had the affect of placing me back on the road to Christian belief.
I’ve met good people, Catholics, who believe Our Lady willingly intervened in their lives - whether for the purpose of eradicating ill health, or ascending one from the abyss of poverty. Consequently they feel much gratitude to Our Lady.
Which led me to my thoughts abut the long suffering Christians of Pakistan. Are these dear people not due a miracle? How can we believe in the intervention of Our Lady in Lourdes, and the healing significance of Holy Water, when Churches and Christ’s flock are literally blown to pieces, in a place that must feel worse than Pagan Rome for the Christian minority of Pakistan.
Praying for the curing of an ailment pales in comparison with the plight of Pakistan’s dear faithful. I do not wish to end this query by asking the most obvious mundane question, often asked by all in the face of hatred - ‘Why doesn’t Our Lord intervene?’
I suppose what I am trying to ask is how can we believe in the miracles of Lourdes, while our fellow Christians are dying in such hateful, horrendous circumstances in a place that for most of us is simply out of sight and out of mind…