I was interviewed a couple of weeks ago for “The Orthodachs Show” by The Byzantine Life. We talked about all things Fátima. Have a look! It was a fun interview and I appreciated being able to explore Fátima within the context of Byzantine Catholicism. It was rather cool, actually!
“All men by nature desire to know”
(Aristotle, MetaphysicaBook 1, Part 1)
In times of crisis, it is natural for us to ask “Why?” Why has such a calamity befallen us? Is this evil a punishment from God? We are inclined to ask about calamities, such as the present novel coronavirus (COVID-19), in terms of God’s punishment in His permissive will.
Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to know with certitude the specific reason why God would punish the world. Theologically, we know that God has permitted the present pandemic via His permissive will. The reason, however, is not something to which we may be privy without an authentic private revelation.
In the present moment of extreme unease, people are searching for answers, and some are indeed turning to private revelation. Gloria TV has made one such effort.