Q. I read somewhere that “human misery is the substance used by the Father to create grace.” Is this proper theology?
— D.B., DeWitt, Mich.
A. Here’s a reply from Msgr. M. Francis Mannion:
If what is meant by this statement is that God brings human beings through misery to salvation by his liberating and consoling power, then its theological underpinning is correct. If, however, the statement is meant to say that God manufactures miserable situations for people, then it is poor theology. Human misery is against God’s will. God does not send misery upon people. He desires only the good and the grace-filled. God is not apart or away from us when we are in misery. He is with us in his Son, who continually carries his cross through history.