God You’re Breaking my Heart: What is God’s response to suffering and evil? is a new book by Jesuit author, Father Brian Grogan SJ.
Fr Grogan chose the title God you’re breaking my heart as he has heard it as the spontaneous cry of many an anguished heart. But it also hints at what is going on deeper down. The title has a double meaning: the slow sad music of humankind can indeed break our hearts; but God allows and uses suffering only to enlarge our heart’s capacity for that greater love that is its destiny. The glimmers of light offered by the Christian tradition can become a steady beam that can enable us to find our way home, even in heavy seas.
In his book Father Grogan reflects on suffering and evil and how they can be difficult to understand. He talks about the line dividing good and evil which cuts through the heart of every human being. He says that while it might be easy to denounce evildoers, it is more difficult to understand them. This means that we, who are at best imperfect, have a hard time understanding ourselves as well as others.
Father Grogan writes about humankind being faced with evil and how we can become bitter and blaming, negative and closed; or we can become positive and trusting, resilient and patient, and more deeply engaged in the divine struggle to bring good out of evil. Not to overcome the darkness is to be overcome by it.
Click here to listen to an interview with Father Brian Grogan and Brenda Drumm who begins by asking him why he decided to write this particular book at this time.
God You’re Breaking my Heart is published by Messenger Publications and is available to buy at €9.99 on messenger.ie.