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

Click the maximise video icon  (4 arrows on right) in the slider to show the video full screen

'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.'
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and STScI
Text of the Video

“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....

Download the complete article (A4) Download the complete article (US Letter) Descargar el artículo completo (Tamaño de papel A4) Descargar el artículo completo (Tamaño carta, EE. UU)

Spanish translation using Deep L Translator. Traducción al español con DeepL Translator

Anne Walsh is a native of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Anne 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.

Share your Response to Anne's Presentation

You can post a comment on this presentation as a Guest User, or using your facebook, twitter, disqus or google account.

Here's how to post as a Guest User:

  1. Type your comment in the field 'join the discussion'.
  2. Click inside the box that says “Name” and type your first and last name.
  3. Fill in your email. NB: this will not be shared or included with your comment.
  4. Click the checkbox next to “I’d rather post as a guest.” 
  5. Click the arrow to submit your comment/question.

All Guest User comments are moderated (checked) before being put live

Sign in using Google, Facebook or Twitter to leave a comment