A couple weeks ago I raised the question as to whether or not the pandemic was a “divine punishment”. Immediately I turned to St. Augustine’s “City of God” for insight into the way in which God uses temporal punishment as part of his providential plan. Let me summarize. First of all, it is an act of divine mercy to punish in this life so as to spare us in the next. Second, temporal goods and evils are shared alike by both the good and the bad, because these are not the adequate......