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Sunday, August 20, 2017

WILL THE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE HAVE AN EFFECT ON OUR FAITH?

People from all over the world have traveled to the U.S. to witness a rare and phenomenal astronomical event. A total solar eclipse will pass from sea to shining sea tomorrow. It’s being called “The Great American Eclipse.”

One astronomer is predicting that this will be the “most photographed, most shared, most tweeted event in human history.” An estimated 12 million Americans will be in the direct path of the total eclipse, while virtually all Americans will be able to step outside and see at least a partial, 60% eclipse from any location. This is truly remarkable.

The eclipse will cast a shadow across the totality of the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina. It will be the first time the “path of totality” of a total solar eclipse will occur completely within the United States since 1776, the year of our nation’s founding—the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution.

What does all of this mean? We don’t know. Is it meant to convey something? Probably.

Observing the beauty and power of the natural world should always lead our thoughts back to its Creator and our relationship with Him. Unlike modern secular man, who has erected a false dichotomy between science and religious faith, the ancients understood God speaks to us through nature. Scripture attests that creation is part of God’s revelation, and that God uses the natural order including eclipses and other phenomena involving the sun, moon, and stars to convey messages to mankind.

As people of faith, we pray that this total solar eclipse which will have the entire country looking up to heaven at roughly the same time will have great conversion power for America. And we can ask the intercession of Mary Immaculate that it will indeed be so.

The next total solar eclipse will be on April 8, 2024. It'll be closer to us here in north central Kentucky. It will not traverse the whole country. it will be coming from the opposite direction.

Tap here for more from The Catholic Company's "The Great American Eclipse and the Catholic Liturgical Calendar"... 

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