Friday, August 6, 2010

Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and Fatima

The Sanity Inspector in comments to a post here a few days ago — The Consequences of Consequentialist Justifications for Bombing Civilians — offers a link — The priests who survived the atomic bomb. "The remarkable survival of the Jesuit Fathers in Hiroshima has echoes in the Bible and in the story of Fatima," writes Donal Anthony Folley.

We learn that "in the midst of this terrible carnage, something quite remarkable happened: there was a small community of Jesuit Fathers living in a presbytery near the parish church, which was situated less than a mile away from detonation point, well within the radius of total devastation" and yet "all eight members of this community escaped virtually unscathed from the effects of the bomb."

We are also reminded of the story from "the city where two-thirds of the Catholics in Japan were concentrated" where "the Franciscan Friary established by St Maximilian Kolbe in Nagasaki before the war was likewise unaffected by the bomb which fell there." The author describes how "both at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, we can see Mary’s protective hand at work," and how "the theme of 'transfiguration' which links these various events" was manifested.

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