I am currently reading Cardinal Dolan's Called to be Holy. In the chapter on HOPE he relates the funeral of a one-year-old baby who died suddenly of what appeared to be a simple cold. The parents were active parishioners who had been trying for six years to have this baby.
The pastor was slow to start his homily, and finally said: "If you all think I'm going to explain to you why little Matthew died, you're going to be disappointed. I don't really know why Matthew died. Even with hope in a loving God it makes little sense. But without that hope it makes absolutely no sense at all." The parents told Cardinal Dolan later that those were the only words that made any sense at all in that dark time.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, I thought often during these last few days, where can people find any meaning in life without Faith in God? May the witness of those with faith encourage those without faith to seek God in earnest. Let us continue to pray, with faith, for all those in most need of His Mercy.