In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"My whole life, my parents have always sent me to a catholic school. Ever since I can remember, I have had God in my life. What I was taught when I was young and impressionable, was that God is always with me, looking out for me and making sure I do the right thing, much like a father figure. I received all my sacraments, never asking any questions about the God that I believe in, the God that I was taught to believe in. It might sound naïve, but up until I reached college, I have had an unchanged image of God in my mind. Maybe it was because I had other pressing issues concerning my life, or that I never had an experience to change my idea of God, or maybe what it really came down to was, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” kind of mentality. Do not get me wrong, I have had experiences that make me ask “God, why did you let this kind of thing happen?” But the easy and simple answer I have heard my whole life is, “its all part of God’s plan, He does things for a reason”."
"All Part of God's Plan?,"
Verbum: Vol. 2
, Article 4.
Available at: http://fisherpub.sjfc.edu/verbum/vol2/iss1/4