“You see what I have suffered; well, all that is for you.”
– Jesus to Bl. Mother Anne of St. Bartholomew
How can anyone say that God is cruel? Jesus suffered and died for all, without exception (Gal 2:20). A cruel God would not pursue sinners with so much determination and love!
“But there is so much evil and suffering!” Ah, so you admit the existence of evil? But evil is not a substance; it cannot exist by itself. Why? Because evil, like darkness, is merely an absence of something; it is a deficit, a privation, a negative. “All the darkness in the world,” says St. Francis de Sales, “cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” How, then, can we call God, Who is Light, cruel or unjust? This is philosophically and theologically absurd; evil exists as a result of turning away from God. Any goodness that exists in the universe is from His bounty.
Look at the Crucified One. He is Love. He loves only what is good, and hates only what is evil. In Him is contained every truth, every mystery, every grace. Seek Him and you shall be set free from everything that is not of God.