Grassroots Ministry: Glimpses of God
A Catechist Ponders A Few Questions Posed in Light of Cosmology
Anne Walsh (Newfoundland)

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'At the center of this image is a monster young star 200,000 times brighter than our Sun that is blasting powerful ultraviolet radiation and hurricane-like stellar winds, carving out a fantasy landscape of ridges, cavities, and mountains of gas and dust.'
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“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.”

As I ponder 1 Corinthians 13:12, it reminds me of the Hubble Telescope, which has given us such wonderful images of the universe. But all that beauty and insight was once in threat. When first light was received in 1990, scientists discovered that a mistake in measurement had resulted in the telescope having blurry vision. “Corrective lenses” were then fabricated, and in 1993 Hubble began transmitting its amazing images. Hubble’s newly-opened eyes opened our eyes, and our hearts.

This is the key insight for me as a catechist—that open eyes are not enough, and our vision can be blurry. My ministry is to open hearts as well. There are countless questions that rise up within us as we ponder the relationship between cosmology and faith development, and how the knowledge gleaned through science affects our belief in, and relationship with, God. Here, we’ll dwell on just three of these questions....

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Anne Walsh is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a Lay Missionary of the Most Holy Redeemer, currently serving as the Coordinator for Partnership in Mission for the Redemptorists of North America, and a member of the Adult Faith Formation Team for the Redemptorists of English-speaking Canada. She is Chair of the Redemptorist General Commission for Partnership in Mission and a member of the Redemptorist General Secretariat for Evangelization. Anne is a partner in Mercy and often has the opportunity to share life and ministry with the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland and Labrador.

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