Unfortunately, many of us live as if God was a tyrant who ruthlessly punishes those who sin. When faced with a sinful lifestyle, we have little reason to turn back to a tyrant and instead choose to live a life of despair. It can appear that God has abandoned us and that there is no hope in this world.
Thankfully, that is not the God we believe in, as he is a God rich in mercy.
Above all things, God desires that all of his people be brought into right relationship with him. To accomplish this desire, God actively reaches out to us. He is not a cold judge who scorns those outside of the Law. Instead, his justice requires Him to seek out the lost and to make every attempt to bring them back to him. As the Catechism states, “Man may forget his Creator or hide far from his face; he may run after idols or accuse the deity of having abandoned him; yet the living and true God tirelessly calls each person” (CCC 2567).
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