Everything that has happened since has therefore been planned by God to help humanity overcome this initial mishap and achieve spiritual maturity. The world has been intentionally designed by God as a difficult place, where human beings are forced to make moral decisions, as only in this way can they mature as moral agents. Irenaeus likens death to the big fish that swallowed Jonah : it was only in the depths of the whale's belly that Jonah could turn to God and act according to the divine will. Similarly, death and suffering appear as evils , but without them we could never come to know God.
Now, lets hope the Bishop orders facing the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist. The Pope recently said in a homily that the priest sometimes is in front of the people leading, sometimes in the middle of them, sometimes behind them. Well, in the Liturgy of the Eucharist the FIRST is the desired and Apostolic way of worshipping God by the Sacrifice. How little do the clergy realize that facing the congregation automatically has the effect of the people LOOKING AT THE PRIEST LOOKING AT THE SACRAMENT, rather than LOOKING AT THE SACRAMENTAL CHRIST.
“More than once I’ve had discussions with persons who say things based on a misunderstanding. ‘Oh you Catholics worship images.’ No we don’t, ‘yes you do,’ no we don’t, ‘yes you do,’ no we don’t! The final retort to that is: I have a doctorate in Catholic theology that I have earned the hard way — by sitting in university classrooms for twelve years. I know what we believe! You get a doctorate in Catholic theology? What do you know about it? Nothing! You don’t know anything about it. You’re saying things that are born of misunderstanding or ignorance.”