Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Catholics and NASA

I thought this was an interesting article about Catholics in NASA.

In a 2004 article, Jones recounted receiving the Eucharist on the shuttle’s flight deck.

“Kevin shared the body of Christ with Sid and me, and we floated weightless on the flight deck, grateful for this moment of comradeship and communion with Christ,” wrote Jones. “Our silent reflection was interrupted by a sudden burst of dazzling white light. The sun had risen just as we finished Communion, and now its pure radiance streamed through Endeavour’s cockpit windows and bathed us in its warmth … I rolled away from my crewmates, unable to stem the tears evoked by that singular sunrise.”

2 comments:

Lounge Daddy said...

Now that is incredibly fascinating. It never occurred to me that some of them might be practicing Catholics, and what that might be like.

Laura said...

Wow.
I love this.
I love knowing this- good tale to pass on to my students.

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