I got this email on the following topic
Senior Member Join Date: July 23, 2005
Why did God allow this to happen?
My husband read to me an article from newspaper yesterday that over 200 people died in Peru when a Catholic church collapsed just minutes before mass ended killing the faithful from an earthquake. Had these people committed sin and missed mass their lives probably would have been spared! Now why would God allow something like this to happen and just minutes before the people were to leave the church?? (my Protestant sister pointed out to me that it was a CATHOLIC church God smithed!)
… and Fr. Serpa answered:
Fr. Vincent Serpa
Catholic Answers Apologist Join Date: May 4, 2004
Location: San Diego, CA
Re: Why did God allow this to happen?
God alone knows the best time for us to return to Him. If these people had committed sin by deliberately missing Mass, then they would have been far worse off than attending Mass and being called home! To see their death as the worse option is to see it without the benefit of faith. We have to think outside the human box. Life here is not our home. It is merely a preparation for our eternal union with God—which IS home!
Fr. Vincent Serpa, O.P.
I wonder if anyone were in a state of mortal sin while they were at the mass? And given that possibility would a merciful loving God call His sinful children back to church only to kill them and sentence them to hell for an eternity? Why not let the people in church live and be rewarded with little more of a chance to repent and find God again? This story raises questions…at least for me.