Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: Does God rejoice at the good and is He
angered by evil?
Master: Rejoicing and anger are
passions; and passion does not exist in God.
God help the good and harm the evil?
God is good and does only good. He harms no one.
is the evil in sin?
sin, God does not shine in us; evil links us with our tormentors,
do we remove the evil in us?
prayers and good deeds, we obtain absolution for our sins. By such
acts, it does not mean we have propitiated and changed God. By
repentance, it is we who, turning to God, cure the evil in us and
again become partakers of God's goodness.
In other words. . .
When we sin, it is like becoming blind before the sun. God still
shines, God still loves us; but we have become blind, closing
ourselves to Him.
Anthony: On the Saintly Life"