Because the Mystery Can Never Be Extinguished

My friend Bill has been AWOL from church for months. We used to sit side by side at Adoration and exchange signs of peace at daily Mass. But Bill has been out of work since late 2008, and I’m afraid that he is disconsolate, home alone much of the time. Every so often, though, Bill sends me a sign that his love for The Mystery is not extinguished. Today he sent me a video.

You may have already seen this video of an “empty space” between galaxies taken from the Hubble Space Telescope. The caption says the clip was made last August, but the story it tells is some 13 billion lights years old. So I guess Bill’s video is relatively up to date. And Bill’s sending the video is reason to hope. Pray for him, won’t you?

Check out the video here.

  • Maria

    "Blessed are you in the firmament of heaven: praiseworthy and glorious forever".Daniel 3:56

  • Athos

    I'm probably over-commenting, but I wouldn't worry too much about Bill. If the sense of awe – isn't this the "fear of the LORD" gift of the Spirit? – is in place, it's my hunch that Bill's soul is in the right place.I searched for THE place of the deepest source of true Transcendence for 40 years, 20 of which were spent as a Methodist clergyman, and finally found it before the Real Presence of the Blessed Sacrament at Holy Cross Abbey, Berryville, VA. That is far more compelling than the "deepest space" discoverable by the Hubble, IMHO. Cheers

  • Webster Bull

    Thanks, Maria.@Athos, I see Bill's wife at Mass so I assume he's fine, just hanging out in his home hermitage. And you're right: as long as our love for what Father Giussani called The Mystery is intact (and who can extinguish it?), he will emerge from hiding.

  • Frank

    And if you liked the video that's Webster's friend Bill sent, check this one out too. As an aside, Blaise Pascal helped Leibnitz work out what became infinitesmal calculus. And Newton worked it out too at roughly the same time (1660's). From wikipedia,"In common speech, an infinitesimal object is an objec…t which is smaller than any feasible measurement, hence not zero size, but so small that it cannot be distinguished from zero by any available means. Hence, when used as an adjective, "infinitesimal" in the vernacular means 'extremely small'.""For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son…"The Known Universe

  • Frank

    from an early Egyptian ostrakon(An inscribed potsherd). Before all time He was begottenof an immeasurable Father;Now we adore Him who became incarnatein a Virgin’s womb.He is the creator of allHimself remaining invisible and distinct from creation.So we are able to say:In You, Lord, is clemency; glory be to You.O holy God,You have deigned to be born, a tiny child, from a Virgin.Holy and Mighty,You have willed to rest in the arms of Mary.Holy immortal One,You have come to rescue Adam from hell.O immaculate Virgin, Mother of God, full of grace,Emmanuel, whom you have carried,is the fruit of your womb.In your maternal bosom you have nourished all men.You are above all praise and all glory.Hail, Mother of God, joy of the angels.The fullness of grace that is yoursgoes beyond what the prophets foretold.The Lord is with you,you have given birthto the Savior of the world.Monumenta Ecclesiae Liturgica, vol. 1, p. 232

  • Frank

    Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. -From the High Priestly Prayer of Our Lord (John 17)