Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Ena Zizi's Story

"A 69-year-old ardent Roman Catholic who said she prayed constantly during her week under the rubble was among the unlikely survivors of the epic Haitian earthquake" — Crews pull more Haiti quake survivors from ruins. Her story:
    Ena Zizi had been at a church meeting at the residence of Haiti's Roman Catholic archbishop when the quake struck, trapping her in debris. On Tuesday, she was rescued by a Mexican disaster team that was created in the wake of Mexico City's 1985 earthquake.

    Zizi said that after the quake, she spoke back and forth with a vicar who also was trapped. But after a few days, he fell silent, and she spent the rest of the time praying and waiting.

    "I talked only to my boss, God," she said. "And I didn't need any more humans."
The article informs us that "[c]rews at the cathedral compound site Tuesday managed to recover the body of the archbishop, Monsignor Joseph Serge Miot, who was killed in the Jan. 12 quake." Requiescat in pace. Requiescant in pace.

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Blogger History Punk said...

Fortunately for God, we'll never hear the accounts of those who prayed to him and were ignored. Funny how that works.

12:18 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

The Catholic would say that the prayers were not ignored, just that His answer was not what the petitioner had hoped for.

"Thy will be done" was, if I remember correctly, called perfect prayer by Swami Prabhavananda in the Sermon on the Mount According to Vedanta.

3:22 PM  
Blogger History Punk said...

It's a cunning meme. If he saves the day, it's a miracle and proof of his existence. If he does nothing, well his will be done.

If I was to stand by for days while someone gradually died when I could have, with token effort, saved them, I'd be a monster. People like you would villify me and hold me up to scorn as an example of America's moral decline. I'd be spat upon, avoided, and mocked in Leno monologues for days if not weeks.

12:46 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Not cunning at all. An answer to a prayer like Ena Zizi's is not a miracle, no matter what the secular press says.

Theodicy is the branch of theology which deals with the questions you raise.

7:53 PM  

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