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Tag Archive for ‘star’

What Kind of Astronomical Marvel was the Star of Bethlehem?

And was it even a star? A biblical scholar investigates the mysterious object that guided the Magi to Jesus. Generations of Christians have helped ring in the Christmas season by singing John Henry Hopkins Jr.’s 1857 carol, “We Three Kings,” with its evocative chorus: Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright […]


Night sky

It was about two thirty in the morning when I took my walk, I often do when I know that I can’t go back to sleep, and I so love the dark and the beauty of the night skies so walks at that time are second nature for me. Stars above, clear and close, awake […]


Where is God?

Do you ask: if all things are in him, where is [God]? I can answer nothing more inadequately than this: what place can contain him? Do you ask where he is not? I cannot even answer that. What place is without God? God is incomprehensible, but you have learned a great deal if you discovered […]


Psalm 19(18): God Creator creates brilliance of Sun

1. The sun, with its increasing brilliance in the heavens, the splendour of its light, the beneficial warmth of its rays, has captivated humanity from the outset. In many ways human beings have shown their gratitude for this source of life and well-being, with an enthusiasm that often reaches the peaks of true poetry. The […]


The need for a “star” to guide us

How striking is the symbol of the star that recurs in all the images of Christmas and Epiphany! It still gives rise to deep feelings although, as with so many other sacred signs, it risks becoming common place because of its commercial overuse. Restored to its original context, the star we contemplate over the crib also speaks to the mind and heart […]