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Question Why does God seem to answer some prayers but not others?


The Church believes that God does get involved in our lives.  No, we don't get everything we pray for, even when we are good and faithful.  Even Jesus suffered.  He cried out, "Father, why have you forsaken me?"  But the Father never abandoned the Son.  The Father used that suffering and death to reveal his glory and redeem the world.  As it says in the Catechism of the Catholic Church ...


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 (CCC 314)


So even when we don't understand God's will, we are still asked to accept and live it.  I urge you to not give up and to pray for strength.

Rick Potts, CSsR

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