A friend in the Resistance drew our attention to Fr Pfeiffer’s July 16 sermon.
We are paraphrasing a part of the sermon, but the entire sermon should be heard:
Why does God allow scandals? Why does God allow evil things to happen? Why does God allow evil men to live? Why does God allow tyrants and wickedness and all manner of evil to continue in the world? The chisel is designed to shape saints. The thing about chisels, the saints said in the Middle Ages, chisels are used to carve statues. When the statues are carved, you throw the chisel away and you keep the statue.
So God allows there to be wicked things, wicked events, wicked men – remember not only wicked men but also good men do wicked things. Evil is the chisel God uses to make saints.