The Bible on the Moon

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." --Genesis 1:1 In February 1971, astronaut Edgar Mitchell traveled to the moon aboard Apollo 14, carrying with him a reminder of the Creator:  a tiny Bible.  Just 1 1/2 inches on each side, the "space Bible" was contained in its entirety on a tiny sheet of microfilm.Mitchell's bible will go on the auction block on September 15, in an on-line auction by RR Auction of Amherst, New Jersey.  The opening bid is just $5,000.Edgar Mitchell i … [Read more...]

Secret Spaces: A Peek Into the Apostolic Palace

I have Rome Fever. It usually takes a bit longer to set in—I was, after all, stumbling on the cobblestones just three months ago.  But the news that St. Peter’s Square is about to undergo a major renovation has me thinking:  I’ve gotta see that!!The restoration project, which was just announced in L’Osservatore Romano, is expected to take 30 months.  The Bernini columns are being restored “in all of their original color and brilliance”—SAY WHAT?!  Didn’t you always assume that those giant whi … [Read more...]

End of an Era– And For Me, Shuttle Brings Memories

I was just a little kid, but with my mother’s help, I wrote congratulatory letters to my astronaut heroes Alan Shepard and Gus Grissom.  Each responded by sending me an autographed photograph of himself—and I was hooked on the space program.  The bravery, the adventure, the romance! It was fifty years ago today that Gus Grissom became the second American astronaut in space.  And as the shuttle Atlantis is safely tucked away and the shuttle program becomes history, I offer a tribute:  John Gille … [Read more...]