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Priest grasps for words as storm victims question their pain

September 4, 2017

HOUSTON (AP) — A priest ministering to some of Hurricane Harvey’s victims struggles to answer the faithful’s questions on why God allows such suffering.

The Rev. Mark Goring is focusing instead on his race to meet their spiritual and material needs, spearheading a recovery effort throughout Houston.

At his church, the Catholic Charismatic Center south of downtown, the sprawling lobby is a swarm of volunteers manning tables full of donations for the storm’s victims.

He understands how Harvey’s suffering could drive people to lose faith. His parents raised him Catholic but, as a teen, he deemed himself an atheist. After a few years, he returned to the fold and discovered the charismatic movement and not long after decided the fulfillment he desired in life would come from being a priest.

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