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Theodicy, Bah!  That is language gone into outer space. Let's get down to real life here.  When someone in anguish says to me, "Why did God let my partner die?" I do not launch into this dubious chatter of theodicy. I LISTEN to her PAIN!  She turns to me because I represent part of hope the community nourishes for living life.  I turn to her with an embrace and gently mobilize the parish community to embrace her as she works through her pain. When she no longer feels the need to ask the question she has been healed within and within her community. I am being logical here, but not trapped into abstraction.