The Light has Defeated the Night

When I read this article, I thought of so many song lyrics… “the Glory of God has defeated the night” and “the light meets the dark” both seem pretty perfect.

“The Shroud is not a fake”

We can deduce that the image was not formed by contact between linen and body.

There are no signs of putrefaction near the orifices, which usually occur around 40 hours after death. Consequently, the image is not the result of putrefaction gases and the corpse was not left in the sheet for more than two days.

To summarize, the ‘hypothesis’ is that the image imprinted on the shroud is the result of short-range electromagnetic energy (atomic and ionic level) by means of extreme ultraviolet radiation (invisible light).

— The “atomic and ionic level” of this kind of energy is at the very basic elements of matter.

— This light is indirectly detectable, travels at short wavelengths, and is invisible to the human eye.

— The power of the light source that created the image on the Shroud is some 34 thousand times stronger than anything we can replicate by lasers.

This is what I get from this article and all the research about the Shroud of Turin:

Sometime, in the darkness of the tomb, a light so brilliant — so otherworldly — burst from within the linen shroud. A light… that powers the universe, that drives creation, that is more powerful than anything we can imagine, much less recreate. And it shone so fiercely and so briefly that it left a slight coloration behind. It’s beyond our comprehension, beyond science.

If I was incredibly brilliant, I would research the profound mystery of solar neutrinos and recent studies that show neutrinos can move through matter and faster than the speed of light. Something about all these light/life/matter/energy-related topics makes me wonder how it could all be connected, in strange and mysterious ways.

How incredible is our Creator?

I hope there’s a home movie in heaven of what happened in the tomb. I wonder if we would even be able to handle that kind of light…

**edit: All of the above is based on speculation, inconclusive evidence, and presumption. Dates are undetermined, science cannot contain it, and there is no such dogma or doctrine about believing in miracles. Skeptics beware.

Regardless of the scientific proof of anything, I still think it’s an incredible idea, and unless there’s proof of what actually did happen, we’re all free to imagine. So, welcome to my imagination… where God totally blows all the rules of science and physics and logic out the window.


Why it Matters

Jonah’s “Whats goin on”

This is why I love teens.
This is why I think they are absolutely incredible.

They need Christ. They need hope. They need love.
They need us more than they might ever know.

We need them more than we will ever know.

Tell me that youth ministry doesn’t matter.
Tell me that people don’t need to hear the Good News, no matter how young or old.

I won’t be able to hear you over the voice in my heart that says, “Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 25:40)

And Jonah,
Do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows (Mt 10:31), for God knows well the plans He has in mind for you — plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope (Jer 29:11).

What is Discernment?

I thought this was really great and wanted to share!

What is Discernment?

Discernment is rooted in the understanding that God is ever at work in our lives — inviting, directing, guiding, drawing us into the fullness of life. Its central action is reflection on the ordinary events of our lives. It seeks to discover God’s presence in these moments and to follow the direction and guidance God gives us through grace. It is not the events themselves that are of interest, but rather the affective responses they evoke in us — feelings of joy, sorrow, peace, anxiety and all the indefinable ’somethings’ that arise and stir within us. It is precisely here that through faith we can discover God’s direction and guidance in our lives.

The process of discernment presupposes several things — that you:

  • can reflect on the ordinary events of your life;
  • can describe what you experience;
  • have a habit of personal prayer;
  • know yourself;
  • know your deepest desires; and
  • are open to God and God’s direction.

Excerpt from “Responding to God’s Love: understanding the discernment process” by Charles J. Jackson, SJ