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Why Is There Something?

Why is there something rather than nothing?

This question is as old as time itself.  It is the question of those who seek God and struggle to prove God’s existence.  Philosopher Bede Rundle answers the question why by simply saying, “There has to be something.”

The season of Lent calls us to ponder big questions of life.  As we follow the daily Scripture readings of Lent we are brought face to face with God’s revelations.  Most of the time, we find these truths to God to be too big and too mysterious to understand.  We question how and why and what.  How could God allow evil to exist?  Why did Jesus have to die?  What is going happen to me?

Just as much as Lent brings these questions to the surface, Lent also has the answer.  The Cross.  It is in the shadow of the cross and the promises of forgiveness and new life that we make sense out of our questions.  The answers may be different them we anticipated.  The answers may not be fully understandable on this side of Salvation…but they are there.

In 2013, Pope Benedict XVI told us to “bring to Christ’s Cross our joys, our questions and our failures. There we will find a Heart that is open to us and understands us, forgives us, teaches us, loves us, and calls us to bear this love in our lives, to love each person, each brother and sister, with the same love. Amen!”    

Keep coming to God with the big questions.  God will never tire of shedding light, knowledge, and grace upon us.  After all, there has to be something!



Sister Lisa Maurer

Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July 11, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.


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