The little girl asked, “Why God allows children to suffer?” and Pope replied…

The little girl asked, “Why God allows children to suffer?” and Pope replied…

girlPope Francis was deeply moved by the little girl’s question. Looking at the tearful eyes of the Filipino girl, Pope commented that her question was an example for all Christians to learn to weep. Her name is Glyzelle Palomar.

Glyzelle Palomar, a homeless girl once, burst into tears as she recounted her experience to the Pope. “There are many children neglected by their own parents. There are also many who became victims and many terrible things happened to them like drugs or prostitution” she said. “Why is God allowing such things to happen, even if it is not the fault of the children? And why are there only very few people helping us?” she asked tearfully.

Pope was literally moved. He said: “Glyzelle is the only one who has put a question to which there is no answer, and she wasn’t able to express it in words, only in tears.”

Then Pope turned the attention towards Jesus in the Gospel. “Jesus cried for his dead friend, he cried in his heart for the family that had lost its child, he cried when he saw the poor widow burying her son, he was moved to tears, to compassion, when he saw the crowds without a shepherd” the Holy Father said.

Pope reminded that it is essential that we learn to cry with those who are suffering; only then we can begin to understand them and to love them. “If you don’t learn how to cry, you can’t be good Christians,” he added.

 

A.F..