Catholic Christianity welcomes all knowledge in its dialogue with faith. Our dear Lord calls us to place all life in continual conversation with the Gospel. As an heir to Sts. Francis and Ignatius, I am invited to find our Risen Lord in all things and strive to enlarge my search in order to seek God further. Faith informed by knowledge characterizes our open-mindedness and open-heartedness . Did you hear that Asteroid 2012 DA14 will pass through our atmosphere today? This asteroid will come closer to our planet’s surface than our orbiting weather satellites. Astronomers point to a time in Earth’s primordial past when lava flows sterilized the planet. Asteroids may have delivered the initial organic compounds that evolved into the varied lifeforms of our dear home. In the “Canticle of the Creatures, St. Francis sings: “Praise to You, my Lord, through Mother Earth who sustains and governs us and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.” Jesuit Father Pierre Teilhard de Chardin engaged evolutionary science from the perspective of faith in such books as: Building the Earth and Christianity and Evolution. His intellectual heir, Passionist Father Thomas Berry further explored the story of creation through the dialogue of Catholic Christian faith and Astrophysics. The lessons and faith implications of our intimate interconnectedness with Creation have been continually taught by Pope Benedict XVI. To assist you in the conversation between faith and science, we feature the 96 minute DVD, “Thomas Berry, The Great Story.” Order this DVD from the Media Resource Center @ or call Diane Gallagher or Dan Hardester @ 407-246-4897 (or 4895). View the 1 minute clip of Dr. Humberto Campins, UCF Professor of Physics and Astronomy, speaking about Asteroid 2012 DA14 @ http://www.cos.ucf.edu/asteroid/. (Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)
Catholic Christianity welcomes all knowledge in its dialogue with faith. Our dear Lord calls us to place all life in continual conversation with the Gospel.