Religious Oxymoron: Faithful die in Church

 The title of the article from CNN:  Faith Unshaken after mourners killed in Peru church collapse

Now, we all know that my faith wavers, here is an article on those, faced in horrific moments, the kind I call, heading down the road not knowing an 18 wheeler is coming your way on a collision course, maintain faith.

I am humbled.

Oxymoron Defined

Oxymoron List 


10 thoughts on “Religious Oxymoron: Faithful die in Church

  1. I fail to see the irony of dying while attending services and even less how it would be oxymoronic. Maybe if they were praying for eternal life (on earth), or maybe if they thought going to church would keep them from harm till they died of old age, or maybe if they figured the walls would protect them from that random 18 wheeler that just might possibly be heading their way. Maybe then would I call it ‘Religious Irony’ but… what was this post about anyway?

  2. Many times the posts we place do not have a set agenda: they become limited or expanded depending on comments. There is often not a definitive point. I find irony of the faithful in the House of God, most likely praying for some level of safety or security, and that faith remaining unshaken despite the earth shaking and taking so many mortal lives, so quickly and so unexpectedly.

    Perhaps because of such faith there is no irony and rather just an acute awareness of the transitory nature of our existence.

  3. It’s what I’ve been trying to say…

    There is a difference in belief, between the fear of death and the love of life. One brings inner resilence that the other just doesn’t have.

    btw…the second bomb dropped on Nagasaki, was dropped on the largest Catholice Church in Asia at the time, where mourners were attending mass for those who had died in Hiroshima.

    And the same story of faith is told.

  4. I’m still not sure of what your perspective of irony is, particularly being that I brought it up b/c I could relate even less with your definition of oxymoron. That said, I think it helps if you put things in context, like say, the walls coming down on that cathedral and those service attendees meeting their maker while the walls come down on a prison nearby and several hundred convicted criminals met their freedom, now that’s ironic.

  5. Thanks for stopping by again R.

    I think what you need to know about this space is it is undefined. We gave you what we had in the moment in our reply comment.

    Other than that, it is a fluid site, neither defined by your need for perspective nor ours.


    Be well.

  6. btw: let me add:

    it is more telling to not understand irony when the faithful pray for those past and the walls come down and take more away.

    perhaps it is the passing of human years which gives this perspective.

    i cannot tell you how to interpret, nor will I change the tenor of this site for what you cannot find.

    if you don’t find what you need here, move on, each one of us is different, with different perspectives.

  7. My heart goes out to the victims and survivors of this disaster. I’m awed to hear of rock-solid faith in the midst of disaster or tragedy. Not while watching it on TV or reading about it from afar, not knowing any of the people involved. But unwavering faith in the midst of the bodies, the lost loved ones, the rubble, the soul-wrenching sobs, the grief and suffering. Unwavering faith in face of personal loss and suffering always amazes me.

    I think it’s so important to remember that random disaster or tragedy can happen any time to any one of us, or any of the people we love and care about. Stuff happens. The earth quakes. Floods devastate. Crimes are committed. Accidents occur. It’s important to remember we-are-not-separate. It could be any one of us, any time.

    I fully understand when people lose faith or suffer a crisis of faith in the midst of a personal tragedy. I find no fault in that. It’s perfectly understandable to me.

    It is unwavering faith under devastating cirmcumstances or the ability to regain it that is most difficult to understand.

    We all drive down the street not knowing if the 18 wheeler is going to hit. So religious or not, athiest or agnostic, wavering or unwavering, we all take great leaps of faith every day.

    The faith that awes me is the faith that’s maintained after the 18 wheeler hits. Surviving is one thing, maintaining faith through the mangled body or loss of loved ones is quite another.

  8. Some day…I’ll tell what it was like when the McMurrough Building blew up. My older sister was across the street from the building at the time, on jury duty.

    It is during times like these, when inner strength is what pulls everyone through.

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