You would think that if God were to look favorably on any group of people, pilgrims who travel hundreds of miles to pray at a Marian shrine would be high on the list of prospects.

Well, maybe not.

As I sipped my 3rd cup of coffee this morning, I came upon this pic at the BBC news website:


The twisted pile of debris was once a bus that carried Polish pilgrims to France to pray at the shrine of Our Lady of La Sallette.  At least 26 were killed and others remain missing (It’s assumed that they were thrown from the bus)

I’m guessing that – at least among the friends and family of these poor folks – the ranks of Atheism have swelled substantially.