- Pope Prays for Sewol Ferry Victims at Open-Air Mass in Daejeon
(Bloomberg Business Week)
- Pope prays for Korea ferry disaster victims
Three hundred Koreans tragically died when the MV Sewol sank in April this year. And yesterday, the head of the Catholic church, Pope Francis, prayed in front of a large crow saying:
“We especially entrust to the holy mother all those who lost their lives and those who’re still suffering from this national disaster.”
Even as a child, I realized that when the pastor prayed in front of the congregation, he was usually just lecturing us on something and not really talking to God. I even thought it was rude that he pretended such things and wondered why God did not punish him. But back then, I didn’t really understand how religion worked.
So which of these things did Korean believers think yesterday when the Pope prayed:
- He is waking up Mary in heaven to take special care of our dead loved ones?
- He is asking Yahweh (God the Father) to wake up the Virgin Mary to help our dead?
- If our dear Father didn’t pray, our dead people would never had been cared for by the “Holy Mother”. They would never gotten special help.
- He loves us. It is so good to be Catholic.
- Someone is sharing our sorrows using religious symbols. We feel better now.
My thought: they probably had a confused mix of all these thoughts or feelings. That is how this sort of religion works. Mind you, I don’t think the Pope did anything wrong in all this. I am sure it was very helpful in many ways. And I am also sure his prayer reinforced some silly notions that had negative implications too. We are complex creatures, eh?