Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez was wise in quickly and emphatically dismissing such suggestions. Certainly there is no reason that the people of Haiti, or any other country, deserve to suffer. The scale of this disaster, and some others in recent years, is more indicative of the sheer mass of humanity, necessitating the whole world to respond with greater vigor than ever before, which they are doing, and to increase their capabilities for responding to catastrophes in the future.
My own church stresses the concept of God as divine love, full of grace and compassion, which are never absent. We read in the Psalms, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.”
The prayerful attention of everyone in knowing that, through God’s love, needs will be met, loved ones found, homes provided and hopes restored will do so much to facilitate the fulfillment of the relief effort.