We sometimes get caught up in the busyness of our lives and our worlds become very small. But, on Monday August 21st, we joined millions of people around North America to get a glimpse of magnificence. At approximately 1:20 PM CST, we donned our special sunglasses and gazed up to watch the moon move across the sun. Suddenly the enormity of the universe and God’s immense power became very real to us as we watched this spectacular celestial phenomenon.
While we watched, the thought provoking words of Fr. James Parker, Pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Batavia (which we visited last weekend) came to mind. “What is interesting for us as Catholics is this (the eclipse) occurs on the anniversary of Our Lady of Knock, also known as Our Lady of the Apocalypse, and it’s the day before the Queenship of Mary. When we consider the 100th Anniversary of Fatima and the miracle of the sun, this becomes even more intriguing: ‘A great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet’ (Rev. 12:1).’ I don’t know what to make of this except to say this is exciting and nothing happens by accident in God’s Providence.”
We don’t know what to make of it either but the whole experience it is certainly something we will ponder for many days to come.