There Are No Accidents by Benedict J. Groeschel
In All Things Trust in God

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After the impact of the car shattered his body
on the evening of January 11, 2004, …

… the hospital trauma-unit staff offered little hope that Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R., would survive.

Then the news spread. And the prayers began.

"Apparently, by a medical miracle, I am still alive — having really been considered dead. One can’t miss the conclusion that when this happens, God still wants you here. … I don’t know what God has in store for me, nor do you know what He has in store for you; yet a conviction that must guide us both is ‘Your will be done.’ "

Now Father Benedict reflects on the good that has come — and continues to come — from that horrific accident. And, responding to questions posed by noted British journalist John Bishop in an interview before the accident, he reflects on:

• Founding the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

• Spending time in jail for civil disobedience outside an abortion clinic

• Recognizing where God is when suffering intensifies and evil prospers

• Understanding Christ’s feeling of abandonment on the cross

• Discovering and living one’s vocation

• Loving the poor wholeheartedly

• Being "gently scolded" by Mother Teresa of Calcutta

• And more.

"I want to share with you two principles upon which I have built my life. The first is from St. Augustine: ‘God does not cause evil, but that evil should not become the worst.’ Second: ‘There are no accidents. Evil things occur because of bad will or stupidity or fatigue, yet whatever the cause God will bring good out of it if we let Him.’ "


About Benedict J. Groeschel

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Groeschel is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York. He is the Director for the Office of Spiritual Development of the archdiocese of New York, he is also a founding member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal. He is the founder of Trinity Retreat, a center of prayer and study for the clergy. John Bishop is the Senior Pastor and cofounder of Living Hope Church, one of the fastest growing churches in America with campuses in the northwestern United States, Hawaii, and New Zealand. He earned a Masters of Arts in Evangelism and Transformational Leadership from Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Vancouver, Washington with their children David, Katie, and Hannah.
Published May 1, 2004 by Our Sunday Visitor. 128 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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