Then as we always do when tragedy strikes us or others near us, the first thing we do is convince ourselves that there is no God; after all, why would a good God allow a father to bury a child? Why would he allow great women never to have babies? Why would a good God allow good people to go hungry and corrupt people to live an extravagant life? Surely, why would a good God, if He is in charge of the universe as some people attest would allow cancer? Or children to go hungry, or addiction to take so many lives? Or, closer to home today, why would a good God allow a virus-like Covid-19 somehow scare and devastate so many people, especially when we see that the rich have become richer and the poor are more and more miserable every day.
At Angola, I found people that were going to die in that place yet were full of joy and knew the meaning of their lives. I discovered that they had a peace that I did not find among many in the free world. These men were in prison physically but free in spirit.