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September 11, 2007


Filed under: 9/11, comic strips, comics, One Big Happy, prayer — Cidu Bill @ 12:43 am

(not a CIDU, of course)


  1. Nice to see “One Big Happy” take a moment for this. I wonder why more comics didn’t touch the subject. I understand that “9/11 fatigue” may have set in, and most strips have story arcs going on, but one strip a year wouldn’t be that hard…

    Comment by Jim — September 12, 2007 @ 6:35 am

  2. Well I don’t understand it.

    What good is praying for someone who’s either completely nonexistent, or happily residing in heaven?

    And why is the little girl going to “stay here” to pray instead of going to church with her grandfather?

    To Jim: No one can forget 9/11, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want a good laugh on that day. Comics are for funny; having the entire page go into remembrance mode on 9/11, 11/11, and Memorial Day every year would be tiresome.

    Besides, comic writers are comedians. It’s hard enough to come up with funny things about Christmas every year, let alone come up with poignant-and-maybe-amusing-but-not-disrespectful things about 9/11 every year.

    Comment by Powers — September 12, 2007 @ 8:42 am

  3. I don’t get it either.

    Is the artist implying that those who pray in church for those who have been murdered don’t care about those who haven’t? Are those people who don’t go to church somehow more practically compassionate than those who do?

    Comment by brien — September 12, 2007 @ 9:32 am

  4. Powers, clearly you’re not familiar with the Catholic belief in purgatory. Since the family in 1BigHappy is Catholic, they are. Thus Grandpa praying for the souls of the dead, may they rest in peace.

    Comment by Janice — September 12, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  5. Maybe I am reading too much into this — Grandpa is praying at church, a place that deals with the unseen and ethereal. The little girl has decided to pray ‘in the real world’ for the kids who are still in the real world.

    Another thought is that while it is good to remember the dead, the living are still around and need to be looked after.

    And I might infer that in the little girl’s eyes it is more important to look after the living than the dead

    Comment by Nicole — September 12, 2007 @ 10:02 am

  6. Brien, I don’t think the artist was criticizing those who pray in church. They were just trying to write a strip that (1) remembered 9/11 and (2) had a somewhat cute punchline. What makes this comic hard to understand (for me, at least), is that the last panel has a humorous comic “zingy punchline” feel to it (the humor of a little kid coming up with a silly excuse to get out of going to church) that doesn’t work at all with what the characters are saying.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 12, 2007 @ 10:20 am

  7. She’s a kid who’s staying behind to pray for the kids who were left behind.

    Comment by Michele — September 12, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  8. Purgatory got cancelled a while ago, with Vatican II. Catholics no longer officially believe in anything but Heaven and Hell. 🙂

    Comment by Dave Van Domelen — September 12, 2007 @ 11:47 am

  9. No, after Vatican II, Purgatory has become de-emphasized, it’s still part of Catholic doctrine. I refer you to Part 1, section 2, chapter 3, article 12, subsection 3 of the catechism of the Catholic church:

    1030 All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.

    1031 The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect. . .

    So it does make sense to pray for the dead. (Although it seems to me that I’ve also heard of Protestants praying for dead loved ones?)

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 12, 2007 @ 12:10 pm

  10. It was Limbo that the Church did away with

    Comment by Nicole — September 12, 2007 @ 12:55 pm

  11. Janice: I am familiar with purgatory; I didn’t know these characters were Catholic.

    And even so, per Autumn Harvest’s quotation, the dead in Purgatory or still assured of eternal salvation, it’s just delayed a bit. So I still don’t see the point in praying for them. Is it just to speed up the purification process? How does Grandpa know that 6 years hasn’t done it yet?

    Comment by Powers — September 13, 2007 @ 7:27 am

  12. Powers, yes, it speeds up the purification process. Purgatory is a substitute for punishment on Earth, so is presumably not so pleasant; so it’s nice if it’s as short as possible. Grandpa doesn’t know, but it’s probably reasonable to assume that 6 years hasn’t done it yet for at least some of the 9/11 victims.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 13, 2007 @ 10:14 am

  13. OK, then how is it that prayer helps speed it up? Does God say “Oh, hey, you know, Mr. Mortal down there, you’re right; I should let your friend off early for good behavior. Thanks for persuading me!”?

    Comment by Powers — September 14, 2007 @ 11:24 am

  14. Powers, is there actually something about the comic that you don’t understand, or are you just arguing that it’s stupid to pray for the dead? I had assumed it was the former, and was saying that it makes sense for Catholic characters in a comic strip to be praying for the dead. As to whether it actually makes sense to pray for the dead, I’m an atheist, so I don’t pray for anybody, living or dead.

    Comment by Autumn Harvest — September 14, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  15. Wait, this isn’t “Catholics I Don’t Understand”??

    Comment by Powers — September 15, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  16. OH no !!!!!! I am already involved in the politics on this site — I am NOT getting into a discussion about religion too — LOL

    Comment by Nicole — September 15, 2007 @ 12:11 pm

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