I'm reading a good book, He Leadeth Me, the spiritual memoir of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., who spent 23 years in Russian prison camps and gulag. I earlier read his With God in Russia and found it excellent.
I notice that where I'm at in the book he keeps on speaking of following the will of God. He relates the will of God with the humiliations and great sufferings he undergoes in prison. He writes of all this as a learning experience, that it's God will that he undergo all this to better imitate Christ. My question: does this understanding extend to everything that we experience in life? Is it God's will for someone to experience depression and suicidal thoughts, or for a woman to experience rape and PTSD? Or, to put it more precisely, that it is God's will that these be allowed to happen to people?
Is it a mystery that God allows great evil to happen to people, or is there a better way of seeing this?