The belief that there are bad things that happen to good people is a foolhardy one at best. The fact is that there is no such thing as good people. As Catholics, we believe that we have inherited sin directly through Adam and Eve, maintaining that only via the sinless man Jesus do we have a shot of returning to our true natures.
Heaven is thought of as a place where “good people” can do the things they always wanted. Does this not sound like how the world exists now? Cannot good people do whatever they want right now?
But no we say, because bad things occur to good people this place cannot be heaven or Eden. Only in heaven will good people get the reward they deserved. Yet if it is return to a state of grace will we not then be a hybrid of both the perfect being without knowledge and the reformed sinner with the knowledge of good evil? Imagine if this is simply the training ground for becoming future ambassador’s for God: the perfect angel.
What would that new creature be like, what might they be asked to do or see?
The reason humans are the only animal incapable of walking quickly after birth is original sin. We are born with a weight that is too heavy to bare and we must immediately know that we need the support of God, family, and friends to make. Only once we are capable of movement is our faith journey to begin.
We begin our faith journey with the light burden of original sin but as we progress we will sin add extra weight to the journey. If we are not careful we will eventually be to laden down with our own sins to go any further. That is why we must always give our sins to God. Only he can forgive them, but more important, he is the only who can that weight. Until those sins belong to God, we will not be able to return to the road. Like every year we give up our taxes to our accountants, we must daily give our sins to the Lord lest we become stuck in the mire and despair.