In talking with one of my "cloistered brothers," the story of his arrest came up. He believed that his arrest saved his life. You see, he was a drug addict. If he had not been arrested, he is sure he would have died from an overdose, committed worse crimes and even killed someone. He actually believes that his arrest and prison sentence are proof of God's mercy.
His story contrasted with other stories blaming God for their prison woes. I reflected.
Growing up, my sister and I would quip, "See God is punishing you!" when we fell down, were punished, or hurt ourselves. We never believed He was. Even then we knew that an all loving God doesn't do that.
Upon reflection, my "cloistered brother," myself, and others were stopped from hurting ourselves or others, not as God's retribution, but as an act of mercy. We needed to be stopped.
I pray that everyone will be able to see God's mercy in their lives.