It's a fact of life that some things happen with no clear reason as to why they occur.

A good person who spends their life doing nice things for other people may suffer a long bout of misfortune or a college student with a bright future can be the victim of a cruel and fatal action of another. The examples are endless, really.

Locally, an instance popped up that led me to examine that very sense of irony that often encompasses people's thinking anytime an unfortunate event is discussed.

A group of vandals over the weekend took it upon themselves to rob, of all things, a church in the dead of night. It is not known who the individuals are or why they felt it necessary to knock over plants and furniture and vandalize the Templo Maranatha Church, which has been a sanctuary to countless residents in Robstown for decades.

They stole instruments that are used every Sunday to help provide parishioners with music as they celebrate their faith in their fellow man.

To top it off, the crooks scattered the contents of a prayer box that individuals had inserted prayers into which had been written for loved ones and friends. Naturally, one can assume these stewards of intelligence thought the box contained money and decided they could help themselves to what others worked hard for and donated.

That an individual, or individuals, could think breaking into a church is a good idea is upsetting in and of itself. But the actions of these cowards to steal from a church that relies on what little it has to provide a service of worship for the community is nothing short of despicable. I can only hope whoever knows the individuals responsible will muster up similar feelings and contact the proper authorities.

Talking with Reverend Juan Rubio on Monday, I could not help but notice a sense of sadness about him as he pointed out damage done to his church. To me, the sadness he showed was something that could not be explained away.

So while Reverend Rubio says he harbors no ill will towards those who damaged his church's sense of security, probably many others and I cannot be so forgiving.

After all, it is not those members of the church who should be offering forgiveness, but rather the cowards in the night who should be begging for it.

Tim Olmeda is the News Editor for the Nueces County Record Star. Readers may contact him at