Dear Reader, we all can see, from our standpoint on Earth, that every object in our universe rises in the east and sets in the west. The beauty and the majesty of many of our sunrises and sunsets viewed by the seaside, from across our vast oceans, are magnificent! Standing or sitting atop a hill or mountain, one would be in awe of the spectacular view of the heavens at night! One could say, without being incorrect, that our Earth “is” the center of the universe!
Rejected by “modern” science, the geocentric theory, which maintains that Earth is the center of our universe, dominated ancient and medieval scholars and astronomers. However, it was not until the 16th century that a catholic-astronomer and theorist, Nicholas Copernicus (1473-1543), proposed a hypothesis, which later became the heliocentric theory. Furthering this hypothesis, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), also a somewhat-catholic astronomer, used a first generation, prototype telescope and maintained that, in fact, our Sun is the center of the universe.
Many Catholic University scholars and astronomers, and rightly so, dismissed Galileo’s heliocentric proclamation, since he could not “prove” his now borrowed heliocentric theory. Galileo knew that although heliocentricity offered a more elegant explanation of extraterrestrial motion, he had no means of proving it.
Furthermore, it is more likely that the refusal of his scholarship was not due to the unpopularity of Galileo’s unproven-theory, but of his rancid personality. He was cold and sarcastically presumptuous, by which he managed to spoil his own cause throughout his life. Nevertheless, truthfully, Galileo was, indeed, wrong!
When Galileo died, Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the apple-scientist, carried forward the torch of knowledge by uniting known planetary laws with Galileo’s mathematical physics to perfect the Law of Universal Gravitation, the missing link, he thought, in the Cosmic Puzzle that was to establish heliocentricity beyond doubt. Needless-to-say, truthfully, Isaac was also wrong; his head must have smarted from that fallen-apple;)
Dear Reader, in 1927, Georges Lemaitre (1894-1966), a practicing-Catholic scientist, proved that our Sun was “not” the center of the universe, and that our solar system was only part of a larger vast galaxy, which we call our Milky Way. And, that the Milky Way is only one galaxy of billions throughout our infinite-universe, so to speak. This epiphany or Hubble’s law is widely accredited to Edwin Hubble (1889-1953), who published this law in 1929.
Dear Reader, we all can see that, from our standpoint on Earth, every object in our universe rises in the east and sets in the west. Every object in our universe seems to revolve around Earth. What or where, then, is the center of the universe?
Regardless, if we looked at Earth from far above its northern pole it rotates counterclockwise, and yet, from far below its southern pole, so to speak, it rotates clockwise. Hmmm! There is no north, east, west, nor south (NEWS) in space anyway. Can there even be a “center” of the universe?
In fact, if you visit a geography class in the southern hemisphere, the globe is viewed upside-down so to speak, to us, northern-hemisphere beings, but not to those who live elsewhere. What is the truth? Furthermore, the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, was always St. Petersburg to the good God-fearing Russians, despite what the hateful communist-atheists called it – Leningrad! So why do we allow these lies to permeate in our school textbooks?
Not to be dismayed, Dear Reader, the question of “what” or “where” is the center of the universe can only be solved by asking the correct question, “Who!” Who is the center of the universe? Jesus, the Christ, is the Center of the Universe; Christocentric! From His Incarnation on Earth to His Ascension into Heaven, Jesus established that Earth was indeed the center of the universe! This is the place of His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Our Earth is where Jesus instituted the Most Holy Sacrament. In an unbroken Apostolic Succession for over two thousand years, the Holy Eucharist is the Center of the Universe. The Sacred Heart of Jesus is, without doubt, the Most Precious Substance in the entire universe! Christocentric!
Now, Dear Reader, whether I believe it or not does not make it so. Truth is neither contingent on one’s belief, nor altered by the words one tries to describe it, nor wounded if neglected. Truth is as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be! Furthermore, Dear Reader, there is only one true faith – Catholic, one true God – the Most Blessed Trinity, and only one true Holy Baptism – Christocentric!
In any event, Dear Reader, despite what disagreements Galileo had with his catholic faith, and in particular some Catholic University scholars, if I had a dime for every time some atheist, or non-catholic, or even worst, a non- practicing catholic used “Galileo” and the wrong that was done to him by the Church, despite his imprudence, then I would be a rich man. “If I were a rich man . . .”
Whatever happened, Dear Reader, in and around 1992, Pope John Paul II, recognized the flaws of humans both inside and outside the Church concerning human explorations and discoveries. Pope John Paul II exonerated Galileo and all scholars involved in that moot, yet perpetual debate. To that extent, even today, modern scientists are now rewriting known scientific laws concerning many happenings in our universe, for instance, the formation of new stars.
Up until a few months ago, astronomers theorized and agreed that a new star formed about once a year, somewhere in our universe; however, with new discoveries because of the “hubble” telescope, astronomers have become perplexed at a new phenomenon in the universe where stars are forming daily! The laws of the life of stars are being rewritten as we speak!
Accompanying, when I taught astronomy to grade-schoolers back in the early 1990s, the textbooks claimed, infallibly, that Jupiter has six moons. Now we see that astronomers say that Jupiter has sixty-seven “confirmed” moons! The laws of science, Dear Reader, are ever evolving, and they are ever being created. And, that evolution, that creation, is a good thing because the exploration and the discovery of our universe is God’s Will.
Conversely, and “with” the Standing of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Doctrines of the Catholic Church have stood the test of time. Never was it known that a future Pope needed to back track to reverse a Sacred Dogma of the Catholic Church because it is flawed. The Holy Magisterium, in union with the Pope and all of Sacred Tradition has endured the test of time to be infallible. Dear Reader, Truth is simply the truth!
Side by side, Dear Reader, an expectant mother should be amidst the center of our family life, part and parcel of our universe. This woman is in the creative act of forming new human life, who someday may rewrite the laws of our ever-forming galaxies. Or even better, the person of the womb may help us to reinforce the structure of the family, and not to redefine it, as we mollycoddle the “Galileos” of our postmodern world who think that their unproven and misguided definition of a family should be the law.
Never to forget to mention, Dear Reader, that when our pregnant Blessed Mother Mary walked on Earth, she was the Center of the Universe! In truth, she forever-continues to point us in the direction of Jesus; she is Christocentric. In like manner, My Jesus is geocentric, so to speak; our Earth is filled with the children of God. The Truth, the Good NEWS, is that we are the apple of His Eye! We are the apple of His Most Sacred Heart! Viva Cristo Rey!
O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Your Heart!
O Mary, blessed is your womb that gave nourishment to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus!
Blessed be Jesus Christ, True God & True Man!
Stay-tuned for “The Lesser of the Evils” on Thursday, October 11.
Peace & JAMLY,