Br Guy Consolmagno SJ

In his autobiography, St. Ignatius of Loyola said that he received the greatest consolation “from gazing at the sky and stars,” which he did “often and for quite a long time.” Anyone with eyes can see the stars for themselves and feel immersed in their greatness. When we look at them often we begin to recognize their patterns, like old friends. By learning the traditional names of stars and constellations we are connected to our human heritage: Babylonian and Greek and Islamic, Indian and...
Brother Guy Consolmagno SJ, Director of the Vatican Observatory, has joined presenter Cathy Macdonald for an interview on BBC Radio Scotland on Sunday morning.Trying to identify the origin of the conflict between science and religion, Br Consolmagno explained the dichotomy started during the Victorian era, when they mistook the growth of technology with the growth of ethics. While we developed the idea that machines could reach heaven and provide everything without resorting anymore to God, the...
Total solar eclipse
As North America goes into a solar eclipse meltdown, gazing upwards at the heavens may prove to be a blessed relief from recent tensions and confrontations.  Ten years ago, NASA identified the small town of Hopkinsville as the ‘point of greatest eclipse’ during the first coast-to-coast eclipse in 100 years.  This rural Kentucky town will experience an unrivalled 2 minutes and 42 seconds of totality. Huge crowds of tourists, astronomers and religious groups are expected; hotel rooms...