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Say to God : How tremendous Your deeds!" Psalm 66

The following is a blog manuscript usually updated daily as time and grace allows. Nulla dies sine linea. Be patient with me dear reader for I am only a neophyte in all things who has not written in order to give anyone a piece of my mind, but rather, a piece of my heart. For it is only through the heart that we know Truth. As the prophet Miguel de Unamuno, Del sentimiento trágico de la vida,  professed the heart must triumph over the head. "If I have the gift of prophecy and, with full knowledge, comprehend all mysteries, if I have faith great enough to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing." 1 Cor. 13:2. Let us be the heart of Christ as simple little children. "I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned  you have revealed them to the childlike." Mt. 11:25. So dearly beloved child of God before you begin reading could you be so kind to pray for our beloved Holy Father, Pope Francis, that Jesus bless him abundantly with all the graces necessary to successfully execute the Holy Will of the Most Holy Trinity.


*Beginning June 27, 2020 all revisions and updates are in bold red until the following Saturday when updates of the previous week change to regular black text.

 

"Our study is our worship: our charism (as the theologians like to say) is "to find God in all things." --Br. Guy Consolmagno,SJ, Brother Astronomer (2000): 4.

Let us pray for our beloved Br. Guy that as a Jesuit he may come to find God in all things and become very unlike all deists who exclude God  from nature and the atheist following Monod's rule God must be removed from all scientific thinking,  equations and is disallowed. May his mind and heart echo the sentiment that, "One can only say that a method of this sort is pathetic."- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, In the Beginning (1990): 24



"Every man naturally desireth to know; but what doth knowledge avail without the fear of God?

Truly, a lowly rustic that serveth God is better than a proud philosopher who pondereth the courses of the stars, and neglecteth himself." Thomas a Kempis, The Following of Christ (NY: Regina, 1960): 12


Scientific study and research are both a ministry and extension of the Divine Office wherein through divine grace our mind and heart are opened up to behold the beauty of God worshiping Him in His infinite creation empowering us to make Him known to those lost and wandering in the shadows. This, of course, is only possible when we adhere to the truths of scripture as taught by the Holy See and see the absolute and perfect unity between them and nature. For it is only when we defer one to the other as Catholic scientists we keep the unhealthy disequilibrium in our minds and hearts. When you find yourself in conflict try to discover where you lost the equilibrium and if you never attained it pray for light to find it. Our heavenly Father waits for our hearts where He reveals all Truth! Truth is not exclusively of the head but of the whole person, especially synthesized in the heart! It is only then that our faith is a "Faith that does Justice!"

". . . scientists do hold strong beliefs about how nature works, and their skepticism is the tool they use  to test their beliefs. Ultimately scientists tell stories about how nature works, and if those stories are to be correct, then every idea must be tested over and over again." --Michael A. Seeds, Foundations of Astronomy. (Wadsworth, 1997)  : xii

The Galaxies of Milk shall be united to the Galaxies of Honey for God's family shall live and reign in the Cosmos overflowing with Galaxies of Milk and Honey.

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There are more things in heaven and earth than are contained in your philosophy Herr dktr. Einstein!


Albert Einstein was a modern day Faust who imitated the Sadducees, who like them believed in a pantheistic God and no soul or spirit, no resurrection from the dead, no afterlife. He did not believe in a personal God who concerns himself with human beings, a view which he called naïve. Albert Einstein was fallen from grace and blinded by Narcissistic pride. A man not to be imitated in the least, for he was a man much like Caiphas, who thought he was smarter than Christ.

"The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. .... For me the Jewish religion like all other religions is an incarnation of the most childish superstitions."--Albert Einstein, Letter dated January 3, 1954, to Eric Gutkind.

WARNING TO THE READER

This is the work of a Carmelite Third Order friar, a student of Rufus Effler, O.F.M., philosopher par excellence and logician extraordinaire, who was a student of Philotheus Boehner, O.F.M. who in his sage opinion would refer to quixotic interjections like the first titled "Advent" as purple patches of piety! You have been forewarned!


PRAYER & REFLECTION BEFORE STUDY - Author's translation 





 Catholic Cosmography :
Answering CCC 284

Brother John Nicholas Joseph Lupia, T.O.C.

This essay is dedicated to Pope Francis "The Great," and Br. Guy Consolmagno, S. J., Vatican Observatory, and to Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and finally to our beloved Fr. Míceál O´Neill, O.Carm, Prior General, Order of the brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mt. Carmel .

The Views Expressed Are Those Of The Author 




CCC 284 The great interest accorded to these studies is strongly stimulated by a question of another order, which goes beyond the proper domain of the natural sciences. It is not only a question of knowing when and how the universe arose physically, or when man appeared, but rather of discovering the meaning of such an origin: is the universe governed by chance, blind fate, anonymous necessity, or by a transcendent, intelligent and good Being called "God"? And if the world does come from God's wisdom and goodness, why is there evil? Where does it come from? Who is responsible for it? Is there any liberation from it?

    Albert Einstein's correspondence with Eric Gutkind gives the wrong answer, just as Einstein's model of the cosmos too is equally wrong as applied to the BBT. Einstein concerned himself exclusively to the questions of the lesser order, namely, to the physical cosmos from a Weltanschauung void of meaning since the cosmos has no meaning in itself beyond the physical laws that govern it. For Einstein the innate questions that cry from the depths of the human heart are the themes of fairy tales and children's fables. None of these aching questions about our origins, destiny, meaning,  intertwined with questions about the nature of things involving good vs. evil, right from wrong, is there a God? none concerned Einstein since his fatalistic vision of hopeless, pointless futility of human existence undoubtedly grew from the shock and horror of the abominable Nazi hatred for Jews that made him a deeply depressed soul who like most functional depressed souls escaped from sad thoughts that troubled him by burying himself in his mathematical formulations proving there exists nothing but the universe of physics. Understandably he was angry with God as most people who cannot understand the question of evil. His self proclaimed agnosticism surely influenced his thinking in all of his work that surfaces more of an atheistic view.
    To truly understand physics one must answer the question of evil, not run away from it or deny it's legitimacy. Denying it is what François-Marie Arouet, a.k.a. Voltaire proposed in his sardonic novel Candide, ou l'Optimisme. The benefit we receive from the lampoons in this novel is the absurd big picture we see when we do things and think as atheistic empiricists denying God and His designs their legitimate place in reality.  The answer to this question about evil is inextricably linked to the question of the origins of the universe, our own existence, and the destiny of the cosmos. 


Preliminary Remarks

"We must see God first of all as the deepest ground of our own being and adore Him not only in our own being and adore Him, but just as much in all that exists, first of all in our fellow men and women, but also in nature, in the universe." Blessed Titus Brandsma, OCD. 

    Learn from Cain. He feared God, not with familial and filial fear but with servile fear for he trusted in his own science and skill. Whereas, Abel, was a very good shepherd who adored God with filial fear having a tender loving heart for God as an adoring child of God who would fear to ever upset or go against his adoring father, and lived depending on Him for everything. "With Solomon they can say : "It is he who gave me unerring knowledge of what exists, to know the structure of the world and the activity of the elements . . . for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me." Wis. 7:17-22 (CCC 283)

    Faith and science or cognition are faculties of the human intellect affording man the capacity in comprehending truth from all facets. Faith is that faculty of the intellect that connects the dots through the Holy Spirit. Faith enhances our cognitive ability to reason with a capacity to know and understand beyond empirical experience in its communion and union with the Spirit of God who is omniscient. Faith is truth. Faith is not belief or a belief system. Catholic faith is the body of truth revealed by Truth Himself, Jesus Christ. Empowered by faith the enlightened Catholic can go way beyond mere aspects of reality, i.e., beyond the purely empirical and can achieve a harmonious synthesis of knowledge that integrates theology and philosophy in order to understand reality while respecting its metaphysical dimension. 

"A correct understanding of the challenges posed by contemporary culture, and the formulation of meaningful responses to those challenges, must take a critical approach towards narrow and ultimately irrational attempts to limit the scope of reason. The concept of reason needs instead to be "broadened" in order to be able to explore and embrace those aspects of reality which go beyond the purely empirical. This will allow for a more fruitful, complementary approach to the relationship between faith and reason. --“A New Humanism for Europe: the Role of Universities,”" June 21-24, 2012. 

    The traditional understanding of "faith" never quite formulated that it is a faculty of the intellect in those precise terms, but rather, characterized faith as an infused virtue and requires a state of grace in order to exercise it. CCC 153 "Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. "Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and 'makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'" And "believing" is impossible without God's help through the Holy Spirit. (CCC 154). 


    Taking St. Anselm as our guide we shall consider different models of creation. For the Catholic the Anselmian model that gives God the greatest conceivable glory is the one that shines true without doubt. One the portrait of God, the Most Holy Trinity, who sitting upon His eternal throne cast a cosmic orb, the original cosmic hand grenade with pin pulled into space that exploded into our cosmos. The other an eternally loving Father who eternally generates His Son through and with the Holy Spirit. The Son eternally generates the infinite eternal cosmos from His heart making each of us a triune facet of Himself to live with Him forever.


The Unity of Natural and Supernatural Aspects of Science and Faith

Science examines, studies, and theorizes about nature. The nature of scientific study is entrenched in the chain of causality. Under a microscope or through a telescope God is said by most to be invisible, but not to all. Why is that? The answer lies in what we think we're looking for. For the sceptical scientist : no face of God is no trace of God. For the Catholic scientist of integrated thinking of faith and science God is always present and visible through His divine will which actually is the force of the laws that rule our cosmos. We ask what is the law of gravity? But why should there even exist such a force? We take it for granted born into a world that has it and find it unthinkable to exist without it! What power or force creates gravity? God is intimately involved with nature more than your science can dream. Do you think lightning happens without God? He rules the forces of nature and is omnipresent in every mundane boring detail of reality, having been there and done that contemplating totality eternally. Jesus' sacred name Emmanuel means God is with us in the nitty gritty omnipresent sustaining  everything in existence contra the Deist who sees God as a remote  spectator detached outside of space and time.

We hear the deists thinking in Catholic scientific circles echoing the atheist Jacques Monod who asserted scientific method demanded God be removed from nature thereby excluding God from all things.

This deists view is incompatible with Catholic teaching. The beauty of Catholic thinking is nothing comes into being without Christ and nothing can happen without Christ. Christ is present in all things nothing escapes Him and He see everything eternally past, present, future, all the eternal now in infinity. God is why the cosmos is, how it is, works the way it does, and is the sustaining power and force ruling all things. If you want to see God in nature simply study the laws which are God's laws He is the power of every force. Taking St. Anselm as our guide its safe to say this vision of God is certainly bigger and more powerful than yours for this God has no limitations  and is omnipotent beyond your imagination, but most of all He's absolutely awesome.

Even Einstein knew there exists a superior intellect behind all things. "Albert Einstein once said that the laws of nature "there is revealed such a superior Reason that everything significant which has arisen out of human thought and arrangement is, in comparison with it, the merest empty reflection." - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, In the Beginning, Boniface Ramsey, trans. (1990) :23 citing A. Einstein, Mein Weltbild (1953) 21

Daniel 3:57-88 the Hymn of Creation. Everything blesses the Lord, praising and exalting Him above everything, every theory, equation, and law.

We must be careful not to anthropomorphize God, which is what we do when we place limitations as deists do.

Be not afraid.








        Sound Directives for the Vatican Observatory

        "Briefly, the following must be held. The entire fabric of the universe was brought into existence in time and out of nothingness, by the one first Principle, single and supreme, whose power, though immeasurable, has disposed all things by measure and number and weight." St. Bonaventure, On Creation, Breviloquium, II, II : 69 in Prof.  José de Vinck, trans., The Works of Bonaventure (Paterson : St. Anthony Guild Press, 1963). Volume 2 of 6. St. Bonaventure like many but not all 13th century theologians denied the existence of the eternal world because he could not reconcile the idea to a creation that was freely created by God. St. Thomas Aquinas could. So although we must hold to be true what St. Bonaventure teaches we are not bound to construe time the same way he did but open up to the reality at least in the dim glimpse understood by St. Thomas Aquinas.

        Having a clear epistemology is critical for any Catholic astronomer and physicist. Ways of human knowing are in the end the intellect comprehending himself, the world and God through the faculties of the mind and through the senses. The mind obtains information through the senses and the cognitive processes of rational thought comprehends on various levels of reasoning through logic producing a store of references in understanding the world, themselves and God as well as understanding one's role and responsibilities in life. Catholics hold all truths of the core of faith to be sacred and immutable. Some of the tenets of faith include the scope of nature including the origins of the cosmos and its future. When conflicts emerge between these essential core of faith tenets and science there is no choice for the faithful but to conclude always on the side of faith since human science is not infallible but the core of faith is. Consequently, if a scientist were to make a bold pronouncement that the cosmos is eternally a necessary self creating cosmos contra to faith and provides what "seems" to be a logical and correctly established proof, there is no conflict or embarrassment to reject such formulations since the dogmas of the Catholic faith are our absolute and infallible guide in all things taking precedence over the fallible counsels of men. Therefore every Catholic is morally obligated to publicly uphold the Catholic faith without compromise and defend it to the death if need be. The Catholic Church and her faithful including scientists and the director of her Observatory have no need to prove the existence of God since we know and understand this to be the absolute truth through the intellectual faculty of faith. Rather what requires proof are scientific theories and models of how the universe works, not tenets of faith. There is never a clearer and easier path for the faithful Catholic to follow. Scientists have been wrong in the past, present, and in the future, but the Catholic faith is always the same infallible and invincible tenets for all believers to find Christ in this life and to live and reign with Him for ever in the next.

    It is the best of times and the worse of times. The politics of science is very much manipulated by political ideologies and the bias lays in the fact the "Merchants of Doubt" want to win. Truth is never in a contest! It is independent of emotion, ideology, caprice, and corruption or influences of any kind. It takes a devout heart, a disciplined mind and heart to live in truth and recognize it. Psalm 24 "Who shall climb the mountain of the Lord? Who shall stand in His holy place? The man with clean hands and pure heart, who desires not worthless things, who has not sworn so as to deceive his neighbor." For obtaining truth, scientific truth, one needs to live Psalm 24.


Scientific Biases Are Ideological 

    Before we begin it is worthwhile to lay all the cards on the table or for the more contemporary expression  let us write and think in open transparency. All scientific thinking is on trial. Let me rephrase this. Truth is on trial in our contemporary world. We are living at a time of misinformation, disinformation in a world of the information inquisition by the wizards of darkness, i.e., communists who in their very nature practice not only willful and deliberate deception but their own daily cerebral hygiene in atheistic worship of man, government, and purpose to create a sterile society of false peace and harmony. Surrounding the period of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima who warned us about the dangers coming out of Russia the West suddenly was very open minded to learn the latest scientific thinking coming from Russian physicists like Friedmann, Gamov, and their disciples, whose model of the universe is atheistic in nature much like that later adopted by Einstein. 
    There are many ways to interpret facts within any given system regardless of the system being right or wrong in itself, i.e., in its principles. This is where the debate comes in regarding physics and the origin of the cosmos, and science and our daily lives. 
    So far communists have been successful popularizing such absurd notions as a "gay gene" where children are born genetically gay, for example! The arguments of nature vs. nurture is right up there with Pro-Choice! It is not truth but biases passed off as truth based on selfish urges and emotional outcries rather than scientific facts. Dividing society through scientific falsehood is communism's strategy to conquer minds and hearts. They have revived the medieval 12th century arguments of determinism and predestination advanced by the Muslim philosopher/astronomer Averroes. Consequently, by the New Age thinkers "If I am gay God made me that way." Individuals in a moral relativistic society are no longer responsible for their behavior, God is. Therefore, "I can neither be a sinner nor sinning since God has determined the scope of my behavior" in this New Age philosophy of moral relativism. Entangled in all this is the notion of freedom. So communists wasted no time corrupting the notion of freedom bending and twisting it so far out of  recognizable shape that anarchy is now worshiped as the only form of freedom that rightfully belongs to man. Communists passionately want you to be a "Freethinker" a euphemism for Masonry, an arm of communism that reaches deep into the western world. For in order to be truly free in our thinking we must be in union with Truth itself, Jesus Christ who is the Creator of the Cosmos and the Bible, who speaks to us continuously  through the Holy See about the exact same truth in logic, physics, and spiritual language of Scripture infallibly understood by them as a collective body. The strategy  of communism in winning world dominance is to take the West by stealth having gained inroads to their minds and weakened her institutions the final conquest is now visible and very close to their reach. They can almost taste it! But like Tantalus the Lord shall "Frustrate the designs of the nations." Psalm 33.

    The Catholic Church has been reading its sacred scriptures now for over 1,950 years. We become a bit jaded sometimes prayerfully reading them as if by rote and so we need to beg for grace to pray them alert and conscious to the significance of what God speaks to us. Romans 13 is such an example of such a reading. Over time each generation must have wondered when the words of the text would come to life in their day or wondered at what age in time that might be. "It is now the hour for you to wake up from sleep. The night is far spent; the day draws near. Let us cast off deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us live honorably as in daylight." Surely the last two verses pertain to all generations. The first two belong to our current age. We must wake up for the day of the Lord is at hand.


Holy Spirit, I want to live like Jesus - Guide me.
Holy Spirit, I want to pray like Jesus - Teach me.
Holy Spirit, I want to love like Jesus - Fill me.


"According to St. Gregory, Benedict was allowed to see creation as God sees it. To see as God sees, what could be more wonderful, more humbling, than that? Even the thought of it leaves me at a loss for words."  Sister Catherine Wybourne, O.S.B. @Digitalnun, "Glimpses of God" July 12, 2020. Let us pray for this gift if it be for our good and the good of the Church that the Eternal Light of Truth shine more brightly of greater magnitude into our darkened world and guide our feet into the way of peace. "O God, who show the light of your truth to those who go astray, so that they may return to the right path, give all for who the faith they profess are accounted Christians the grace to reject whatever is contrary to the name of Christ and to strive after all that does it honor. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever, and ever. Amen." Liturgy of the HoursEvening Prayer II, Vol. III, Sunday, Week III. 


FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLES OF CATHOLIC COSMOGRAPHY

    Only a necessary, infinite, and eternal Trinitarian being can create an infinite and eternal universe, whom we call God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. 

* Our Trinitarian Creator freely chose to create sharing His very Triune nature, and His beatitude in glory, happiness, and joy with everything in Christ. This truth was known in antiquity and preserved in the Hebrew concept of "Word" and roots of words. All eternal truths are wrapped up into the One Word spoken by God from which all things came into being. The root of all words is three letters reflecting Abraham's vision of God visited by the three persons of God whom Abraham address in the singular one being Lord!

The Trinitarian Creator

    St. Paul in his Letter to the Hebrews 1:2-3 teaches us that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who is the eternally begotten substance of the Father, the refulgence of His glory through whom He created the cosmos. The substance of the Father certainly refers to the glorified uncreated matter of the eternal body of Christ, the Cosmic Lord of life and love who eternally existed.  The refulgence of His glory was seen by the apostles Peter, John, and James at Christ's transfiguration and to many in His post resurrection appearances and in His glorious ascension into Heaven. Jesus says He is the Light of the world sharing the wisdom, light, knowledge, and truth of the glory of God. The physical remains of the crucified Jesus was transformed into what the Church traditionally has referred to as "glorified matter", here above referenced as uncreated matter of the eternally existing body of Christ. As Jesus said "I Am come down from heaven." In Philippians 2:6–11, for example, St. Paul makes a clear allusion to the fact that Jesus was preexistent and came down to earth being born into the likeness of men, i.e., fallen mankind, the flesh of slavery: hence, He “emptied Himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in the likeness of men.” 
    Astutely noted by our beloved and inestimable Br. Guy Consolmagno, S. J.,  the director of the Vatican Observatory in Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? page 51, that the "substance" of Christ is not part of this physical world where the ill informed try "to reduce God to simply another force of nature alongside electromagnetism or gravity  . . ." However, he goes on to say having the pendulum swing in the opposite direction here denying God "as the immediate reason something happens", which certainly is true in every case as divine providence dictates, though for some slip of logic seems to be deemed a faulty notion as if God were divorced somehow from reality and the physical universe and not allowed to intervene in anyway. With logic like that praying for help seems pretty futile and pointless, and the Immaculate Conception, Jesus's virginal birth, all his miracles, resurrection, ascension, and so forth are pure hooey according to this sort of view! [1] God intervenes continuously in the cosmos, daily on the altars of the Church and in all the other sacraments, besides the many millions of smaller incidences in the daily lives of those whom the Father had given to Christ from all eternity. Everyone has memories of incidences that a rationalist would describe as coincidence, denying the serendipity Christ brings to countless lives. Experiential knowledge of not only these memories but of those many times each individual has felt the touch of God deep in their heart tells us with certainty God intervenes all the time. The cosmos is the instrument of God who is ubiquitous, omnipresent in infinity and eternity and nothing escapes His presence and His sustaining omnipotence.


    Catholic philosophers in the last quarter of the thirteenth century debated over the eternal existing creation but due to politics rather than their arguments, i.e., fear of the inquisition, the notion fell into silence and obscurity by such great theologians as St. Bonaventure, for example, since some apparently had the notion that it denied God's free choice of choosing to create. The concept of an eternally existing world was not isolated to Scholasticism. Hannes Alfvén and other noteworthy scientists also hold to this position. Unlike Aristotle Catholics cannot and do not maintain the Peripatetic view of an eternally existing ungenerated cosmos, but rather, one eternally generated by the Trinity through the Divine Word who is eternally generated from the Father.

Preeminence of Mary In Creation

Mary is God’s First Love.

“God could make a bigger world or a wider sky, but He could not raise a pure creature higher than Mary.”—St. Bonaventure. 

"There are many graces that we will not obtain if we ask them of God. But if we ask them of Mary, we will obtain them, not because she is more powerful but because God wants to honor her this way."St. Anselm

Mary was created before the creation of the invisible and visible worlds. 

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    The subject of the preeminence of Mary in creation is inextricably linked to the question of evil. Therefore we shall first address the question of evil. 

Evil

Chemical change is through reaction or rearrangement of the molecular or ionic structure of a substance. We see the process of operations requisite to produce a chemical change in a physical universe governed by laws. The laws are the system of cosmic order, the program, if you will. Violate the systemic order and you create a virus in the program which will no longer run the way it formerly behaved. We are all familiar with this analogy in computer problems with viruses. The same is true in the realm of eternal moral truth. Sin corrupts the system acting exactly like a virus. Medical science has discovered the chemistry manufactured in our brains when we feel emotions and this obviously must be true about sin having a chemical trait and signature. The washing away of sin is not mere poetry. Christ cleanses us from sin is not hocus pocus but refers to something very real and physical in creation.  Christ death on the Cross to purge the cosmos of sin and death is not a pre-scientific fable! Any Catholic astronomer and physicist that cannot reconcile this must rethink what they think they know and deal with it. This is why Christ and the Cross must be the centerpiece of physics and cosmology. Moreover, this is why Mary is given preeminence in creation for without her Jesus would never have created the cosmos since his birth in time into human history to live, teach, and institute the Catholic Church, especially His death on the Cross to save us and the cosmos were His prerequisites to create.
   Catholic physicists should be working on the Periodic Table of the Sacraments. Baptism is obviously hydrogen, the stuff stars are made of. Yet sin disrupts the cosmic system of eternal truths our cosmos and all our existence depends on. Evil disrupts the cosmic program including the physical and moral realm of eternal truths upon which our cosmos was built and founded by God. Sin, i.e., choosing self before God produces a chemical reaction and a moral reaction these are recorded in the energy waves that radiate throughout the cosmos, part of the unintelligible static of radio astronomy. 
        Sin has real physical effects. Entropy and Death were not created by God but are mortal wounds caused by sin. Sin entered the pure and perfect cosmos disrupting the ecosystem of life and the integrity of the infinite network of time, space and matter. Because of sin the cosmos was doomed to self destruction. What we see happening in our planet's ecosystem with dramatic catastrophic observable losses due to the disruptions caused by sinful society the same is true in outer space in regions we cannot yet see and within our own observable space of  radio astronomy. We are saddened to see the comparison's reality, for example, in Polar Bears, who cannot survive for much longer on a planet that no longer provides the ice shelf they were created to live in. This is the direct result of carbon pollutants from fossil fuel we burn in areas far removed from them yet the effects are there thousands of miles away far removed. So too in our cosmos. Evil prcipitated on earth has an impact on the entire cosmos in regions far removed from our viewing point in space and time.  The entire cosmos is in the throes of change due to sin, which introduced death and destruction when antimatter cancels everything out like an evil virus on a hard drive reformatting it wiping it clean. In eternity God freely chose to create the cosmos foreknowing the cost to Him in all Three Divine Persons to do so foreseeing the fall of angels and of men and the sorrow it would cause Him especially in the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ. Therefore, God chose to be born a man through the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in His eternal plan to create, to share his life with His creation, and to save creation from its self destruction in the supreme sacrifice of the Son. 

"I will put enmity between you [Satana] and the woman [Eve/Mary], between your seed and her seed." Genesis 3:14

    The battle between Satana and Eva was to destroy Eva thinking she was Mary and would have seized her crown. But to some so it would seem God deceived the devil and doomed her and all her seed who are the principalities, power,  and all the rulers of darkness and wickedness in the heavens. (cf. Ephesians 6:12) But God can neither deceive nor be deceived since He is truth itself. Jealousy brought death and destruction into the cosmos. The devil fell from grace breaking her relationship with our heavenly Father jealous of His Being! Satana wanted supremacy not subservience. In complete contrast we have the Queen of the cosmos who says "For He has looked with favor upon His lowly servant." Mary was grateful of her very existence extolling God, who upon creating her before time began the first words uttered were those of her Magnificat! The radiant light shining from her purest humility teaches us to be humble children of light full of gratitude and joy in God's service.

    Some wrongly interpret Ephesians 6:12 referring to pagan gods! [2] This is a very bad cosmology for a Catholic to completely misconstrue the passage that is  referring to orders of humans who now reign in glory whom we call angels, as well as, their fallen population whom we call devils or demons, and to think of it instead as talking about mythology. When St. Paul refers to them in this passage he refers to living demons who still taunt and tempt and have led many astray with wrong ideas and false thinking. So, on the contrary St. Paul is not telling us not to be afraid of mythical pagan gods who do not exist and the superstitious beliefs about their powers. He is telling us we are surrounded by an invisible force of very highly superior intellects than our own and they wish us every harm imaginable, but Christ has conquered them and through His grace they have no power over us if we live in fidelity to the Catholic faith and especially to charity and love of one's neighbor. On the other hand we have the good angels who outnumber them and who have superior power and knowledge over them to help us.  Dismissing angels and demons out of existence attributing them to folklore is ironic coming from someone supposed to be looking for intelligent extraterrestrial life when its them. I would imagine eons ago they inhabited and ruled their respective planets not having yet fallen from grace and moved beyond the original state of Adam and Eve prior to the fall to the next level of life God has in store for all humans cosmically. Apparently afterwards some fell. Sin entered the cosmos, the rest is history. Christ saved the cosmos and whoever believes in Him seeking His mercy and salvation. This is the Pauline message in Ephesians 6. The existence of evil is not merely the lack of good but lives personified in the doomed and the damned fallen angels whom we call devils. Make no mistake about it. They are quite real.
       What makes this wrong interpretation worse and very tragic is the fact the divine revelation that is critical to Catholic cosmology is obscured by the pedant mundane treatment of the text. 
    This is a good point to expand on since having a wrong model as your map and guide of Sacred Scripture treating it like any other antique secular writing which robs the words of the true inner meaning twisting and warping the meaning of the text much like space confronted with a large mass we see the results gravitate all bad ideas coalescing together like birds of a feather flocking together. The same is true for how we interpret radio astronomy data. Wrong model, wrong map we arrive like the above example missing the point of Ephesians just as we miss the point of what we are analyzing.
    Common sense has it earth came into being from a supernova. That is a sort of BB. But it only explains earth, our solar system, and other galaxies of our Milky Way. Yet an infinite universe lies beyond our borders and you see some of that and have blended it all together mixing it up like leftovers in a pot luck buffet.

    The question of evil is necessary to answer fully if we are to progress at all in our hope to arrive at a lucid vision of synthesized knowledge of Light and Truth about ourselves and the cosmos, i.e., to attain that vision God had given to St. Benedict.

    The Son absorbed all the pain and suffering of sin becoming the Man of Sin to purge the cosmos of sin and death through His supreme sacrifice in His own flesh and blood dying on the Cross. Since this would be necessary God first created Mary in order to create His cosmos for if she was created to be His mother for the salvation of mankind and the cosmos then she would be the mother of all mankind and all creation. 

    God is the supreme Creator of all things. Creating His greatest creature He gave her a share in His life as His mirror in a mere creature. She will magnify Him. In saving her he saves all creation with her. Salvation is only given to the penitent sinner comprising that portion of the global population Jesus calls those whom the Father has given me. Our Lord made this clear that He would die for many, not all, especially when He directly said "I do not pray for the world . . ."

The Cross

    The Passion Cycle of Sacred Scripture reveals much more than what is read in books. This is partially what St. John the Evangelist meant when he said all the books in the world could not contain everything Jesus said and did. Perhaps the single most widely misunderstood part of the Passion is Jesus's "agony in the garden of Gethsemane." Historically, the persecution of Christians, in the infant Church gave a forced reading in the text to see Jesus like our brothers and sisters arrested, abused, tortured and murdered like He was. The primary focus on the text caused many theologians and Catholic writers like St. Augustine, for example, to see the text this way giving a pesher interpretation of the text, i.e., interpreting it in light of current times. This was never intended to be the essential meaning of the text, that Jesus was frightened to be handed over and tortured and so like us cowards prayed "Father, I beg you please, No!!! This obfuscates cloaking the Truth. Christ never prayed to be freed from the Passion, torture, cross and ignominious death! On the contrary, He makes it perfectly clear "It was for this I was born." Numerous times, at least three as recorded He prophesied His Passion and death intrepidly! He is the cosmic hero! He never swayed and faltered like a frightened child! Never! Do we have selective amnesia that He and the twelve aboard ship nearly perished in a squall? Terrified they kicked Him waking Him up. Without any concern whatsoever Jesus asked them so disappointed in them, "Have you no faith?" No, Jesus never wavered in Gethsemane He longed to die to save His mother like every soldier that was in a battlefield. And it was not merely for her alone to preserve her from Original Sin, but in Gethsemane the Father downloaded every sin of every person into the very soul of Christ! Christ saw you and me and everyone and loved us dying for us! He really did become the Man of Sin. What does that mean in physics if this is all mumbo-jumbo. Sin is very real. Sin is a physical reality and that poison symbolized by the "cup" in the garden was drunk to the dredges by our Lord and Savior. He was nailed to a Cross. The Romans called it riding the horse because the crucified were pushing down on their nailed feet cutting deep to push themselves up to breath. The mockery of their writhing movements to breath and exhale was this horse ride which we see in a sgraffito discovered by P. Garrucci  in December 1856 in the subterranean apartments in the ancient Roman palace of the Caesars with a crucified having the head of a horse, usually misidentified as the Alexemenos Graffiti, instead of the Alexemenos Sgraffito, undoubtedly an allusion to the crucified man's fight to live unto his final breath. But that antique has the witness throwing a kiss to his God. Clearly a mocking reference to Christ and his followers.
    The Creator who spoke from all eternity who made horses and and calcium carbonate and the brass for the stylus used to scratch, i.e., produce the sgraffito on the plaster wall, allows Himself to be crucified to save the cosmos and to be mocked until His second coming by the fool, rebel, and the incredulous. Greater love than this to save His beloved children has no one ever seen or ear heard since the foundations of the universe. 

Without God creation is impossible.

The mutual contemplation of the Father and the Son and their love for one another imparts the spiritual fruit of their mutual love in the third person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit. The mystery of the Most Blessed Trinity is the interior life of God's Self-Knowledge and adoration of the truth and glory of each Person. The interior life of God  is the Eternal Flame of Love - the radiant glory of His Holy Light. 

    Could God create a creature so perfectly like himself He would give her a share in creating the cosmos from the realm of eternal truths in His Mind? Certainly God could have created everything through His own omnipotence and omniscience, but who are we to say He could not choose to create using His greatest creature? In no way does this diminish God as the supreme Creator of all things if He had since she is His handiwork, a mere creature nevertheless. It would show God's respect for creation and His desire for it, His love of it, His desire to live in intimacy with it, sustain, encourage it, nourish it, and allow all things to blossom and grow and multiply. The Council of Ephesus dogmatically declared Mary as the Mother of God, something far more awesome and beyond our understanding than her being co-creator of the cosmos. If Mary had a role as co-creator she was chosen to create with the Lord. God chooses to create with the creature where He, the Father, has chosen Mary to be Mother. Through their Immaculate, Sacred, and Sorrowful Hearts every person was called into being and existence as one cosmic family. One of the last revelations Jesus gave us was while he hung upon the Cross : "Behold your mother." This is one of the greatest eternal truths anyone can learn in this life since Mary helps us attain salvation given by her Son on the Cross where he made this revelatory pronouncement.

    The pre-existence of Mary has been a teaching in the Church throughout its history since the days of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who revealed this quiet and undisputed truth to His apostles after His resurrection and perfected the knowledge in the first Pentecost. This sentiment has ever since been known within the Church and became long tradition finding its way into the late 11th and early 12th century dialogue between Peregrinus and Theodora ascribed to Conrad of Hirsau in his work titled Speculum virginis, and into the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours and is found in the Tridentine Mass "The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His ways, before He made any thing from the beginning. I was set up from eternity, and of old before the earth was made. The depths were not as yet, and I was already conceived.—Pv 8:22-24b"; and in the Roman Breviary "From the beginning, and before the world, was I created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy dwelling place I have ministered before Him.—Sir 24:14". CCC 488 "" . . . just as [Eve] a woman had a share in the coming of death, so also should [Mary] a woman contribute to the coming of life." For just as the mutual love of the Father and the Son imparts the spiritual fruit of their mutual love in the third person of the Most Blessed Trinity so the Trinity's love for the Cosmos imparts the spiritual fruit of their mutual love in the person of Mary. This is why the universal belief and expression of "Mother Earth" since mankind in its unconscious mind knows Mary is our Mother and Queen of all Creation. 
    This "unconscious knowledge" opens up the issue of pre-terrestrial existence in the infinite real of eternal truth, i.e., God's transcendent mind.

Preexistence 

    Everyone has existed in the mind of God from all eternity.

    Since the universe is eternal and we too contemplated within the Triune Godhead then everything has coeternal existence within God's contemplative mind. The person God created you to be is most probably different in some ways and to varying degrees from the person you are right now resulting from the effects of original sin and the accretion of vices and deficiencies through neglect or abuse. The spiritual life is to stop living the self created person and allow God to reform you into that He eternally intended. But God demands our efforts of will, mind, heart, and body. WE must be firmly resolved not mere wishful dreamers but athletes of Christ who run the race to win!

    Our eternal existence as a spirit in the mind and heart of God always was loved and your eternal future known. Contemplating us from all eternity the Most Blessed Trinity loved you and I and everyone who ever was or will be so much God said "Yes" to create in order to share His very life with everyone for ever.   We have no perfect memory of our earthly pre-existence, since memory is the faculty of the soul in our physical body on earth in time and space. Our celestial memory in this life is mostly obscured being largely inaccessible by the neural network of our brain. Our glorified state with God in heaven together with the entire infinite intergalactic cosmic family will not require merely our earthly memory since we share in God's omniscient nature. Infused or innate knowledge in our celestial state is to some extent like Plato's reminiscence theory of the soul, and akin to Jung's Archetypes, or "Genetic Memory". As Catholics we reject Plotinus's theory of the fallen soul, which would be a variant of the Hindu system of reincarnation.

    With the fall of the human race this cache of infused knowledge is highly impaired and levels of accessibility vary from individual to individual across the population. The human mind has its origins in God who created us which we can conceive or think about this way in a gedankenexperiment as a tiny microchip of cosmic dust which He breathed life into us giving us an electromagnetic spirit living in His mind where He knows us perfectly. Each of us is given an aspect of each divine person of the Trinity as who we are. When we are born we are body and soul and our soul is downloaded from our celestial spirit in the Mind of God. Think of it as Montgomery "Scotty" Scott crewman busy at work at the transformer on the Starship USS Enterprise. A better analogy, however, is a satellite signal sending an "On Demand" movie download. Everyone on earth exists in the Mind of God and in an earthy body.

Mary's Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord. The body and soul of Mary magnifies God's greatness! Mary is singular in this respect being the highest and greatest spiritual creature in all creation. She is the mirror of God.

For she is an aura of the might of God and her being radiates the purity and glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing sullied enters her. For she is the brilliance and splendor of eternal light and truth, the spotless mirror of the power of God, the image of His goodness. For she is fairer than the sun and she surpasses the brightness of every constellation of the starry skies of night. Compared to light she outshines it overshadowing the nights’ darkness, for wickedness can never prevail over Wisdom. The Book of Wisdom 7:25-30

    As St. Louis Mary De Montfort astutely taught : "Nevertheless, I say that, things being as they are now, that is, God having willed to commence and to complete His greatest works by the most holy Virgin ever since He created her, we may well think He will not change His conduct in the eternal ages; for He is God, and He changes not, either in His sentiments or in His conduct." True Devotion, No. 15, page 11.

    As St. Louis points out "God having willed to commence and to complete His greatest works by the most holy Virgin ever since He created her" that she accompanied Christ in the creation of the cosmos and the abundant fruitful life it will produce in a universe teeming with life, "so also should [Mary] a woman contribute to the coming of life." Mary, a mere creature like us all however she is so perfect an adorer of God she has been given the singular role in all creation to be Queen and Mother of all. 

    Mary was created before the creation of the invisible and visible worlds. For just as the mutual love of the Father and the Son imparts the spiritual fruit of their mutual love in the third person of the Most Blessed Trinity so the Trinity's love for the Cosmos imparts the spiritual fruit of their mutual love in the person of Mary. 


    Her spirit rejoices in God her Savior. Mary has a transcendental conscious mind in union with God cognizant of all infused knowledge like Adam and Eve before the fall. Mary is aware of God having saved her and rejoices in that salvation in deepest gratitude and joy. Clearly then the historical Mary was completely aware of who she was just as the historical Jesus knew exactly who He was and did not evolve into a higher consciousness during his lifetime as some have previously attempted to make such absurd claims contra to the dogma of Jesus being the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity. Mary did not become Mary as an ordinary sinful woman evolving into the Immaculate Conception just as Jesus did not become the Son of God through years of mental development of attain self consciousness. We reject any form of Tillichian theology of "becoming" regarding Jesus and Mary. Jesus as a man and Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity did not become God or divine through a growth process, just like Mary was as she was created perfect from all eternity the same in her celestial life as she was in her terrestrial life.



COSMIC TRIUNE NATURE

    Physicists should pay careful attention to the final clause "with His creation." Everything that exists shares in the Triune nature of God, each in its inherent ultimate nature. Logically everything is sharing in this triune nature exhibited each according to its design. The electromagnetic field, weak, strong, and gravity each having triune natures gives us a clear look into reality as it truly is through their 12 aspects. 

THE ETERNAL DIVINE WORD

    Each force field emanates from the four extremities of the cosmic man, the Divine Word, Jesus Christ, in His eternally begotten nature in His glorified body. This was the very nature Christ resumed after His death and resurrection. He is the Eternal Word of God spoken in eternity eternally creating all things with each beat from His eternally beating and creating Sacred Heart. Creation is this rhythmic dance of life being that of its Creator. He is the cosmic time keeper in the wheel that turns into infinite ubiquitous vortices of spiraling galaxies teeming with life.

HUMAN LIFE

    The infinite universe is teeming with intelligent life of men and women in their respective planets, large enough to sustain thermal temperatures of its vitally needed magnetic core, and each having a magnetic molten core of cobalt, iron and nickel, a prerequisite for human life. 

PLANET X THE EXCEPTION

    In the realm of infinite possibilities an infinite universe created by the Most Holy Trinity with infinite people each with free will one in an infinite set could choose to err. All humans were created the same like Adam and Eve in the image and likeness of God endowed with supernatural knowledge, capacities and faculties. Some unknown time before Adam and Eve fell into sin Satan, whose gender is unspecified (see Congreve) and those who followed him/her first fell into sin. Their crime is obvious, idolatry in the lust for power. This generation of mankind on Planet X had already passed through the testing garden and were given the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. This Planet X is an arbitrary name not intended to refer to Nibiru or other fictional stories, but rather, to other inhabited worlds much like our own that are filled with life and human society. They were demigods who wanted to wield power and control over a new planet of men. We know the rest of the story from Genesis.

    William Congreve, "The Mourning Bride" (1697) Act III, Scene 2, "Heav'n has no Rage, like Love to Hatred, Nor Hell a Fury, like a Woman scorn'd."

    If Satan is a woman she would know and perfectly understand Eve reminiscing in her former days when first created and knew just how to tempt her. Satan, or if you prefer, Satana was envious of Eve because God made her the mother of all mankind, apparently a coveted cosmic office for the narcissistic, so she wanted to spoil that and ruin it completely out of her jealous rage filled fury. But God had other plans. Eve lost her crown and it was given to the New Eve, Mary, who bore Jesus, the Christ, the only begotten Son of God. "It is on this account that the Holy Ghost and the Church call her Alma Mater---"Mother secret and hidden." -- St. Louis DeMontfort, True Devotion to Mary. Revised ed. (NY, 1950) . No. 2 , page 3.  Understanding the Immaculate Conception principle is the key to understanding the very nature of time. Effects of future acts are applied to current events a calamity and complete disruption of the time space continuum (TSC) according to the Einsteinen model. Both cannot be correct. Not only is Mary's privilege to be conceived and born free from Original Sin a singularity of the TSC but her choice as Queen Mother of the Cosmos. 


THE BATTLE FOR EARTH

    Human life with body and soul and spirit emerged on earth 50,000 years ago. They were tempted by Satana and fell. God cast Satana and her devils into earth creating the enormous Barringer Meteor Crater in Arizona. The supernatural nature of Adam and Eve has been altered as we know and experience through human history and science. Apparently some of the genetic codes were removed and other strings altered in some way. Christ came to restore us, not only to the supernatural state of our original parents, but rather, to that of the glorified risen Christ. 


Cosmic Models



"The truth of creation, while not a mystery--not supernatural in its very nature (quoad essentiam)---is supernatural in the mode of its manifestation (quoad modum). Implicitly natural, it is explicitly revealed." The Catholic Encyclopedia (1908) Vol. IV : 470

1. In the beginning



    Sacred Scripture reveals this eternal truth in the opening verses of Genesis and the Gospel of St. John. Depending on how one translates the Greek text one winds up with either one of two paths. The first and most popularized and well-known version, everyone's favorite, of course, is the fairy tale book opening line "Once upon a time" made a bit more dramatic like Beethoven's Fifth Symphony "In the beginning" Just reading it many feel inspired and their minds start to race, wonder, and imagine the tumultuous splendor of creation's birth set to the rhythm of Strauss's Thus Spoke Zarathustra popularized by Stanley Kubrick in 2001 A Space Odyssey. All seems so consistent with Sacred Scripture, the gedankenexperiment playing in our imaginations and put to music so beautifully we find ourselves in a mystical nirvana. The pin pricks and the bubble bursts. What happened? Sobriety! You've become conscious of GIGO! An old military term from the days of DARPANET that simply states "Garbage in, garbage out." 

The Parable of the Mustard Seed is hardly a coincidence  mimicking the Big Bang Theory (BBT). Jesus revealed everything  we needed to know prior to His return. He foreknew the error of the BBT so He gave us this parable characterizing it so we could see it only explains a part within the whole.

    The contradiction that the Big Bang Theory supports an ex nihilo creation is in the essential fact that the BBT assumes an anomaly of the pregnant point in space, not exactly a textbook description or definition of ex nihilo subjecti, i.e., the entire absence of any matter. Moreover another given is space, time, matter, and the four forces. Some might argue God made that anomaly and gave all these other things too. And like good lab students will calculate backwards to arrive at Bishop Ussher's date of creation give or take a 13.8 or 13.9 billion years. Well that certainly would supply the beginning date. 

    At the time of this writing mainstream physicists support the Big Bang Theory (BBT) and as Hannes Alfven pointed out in his salient paper July 1988 "Has the Universe An Origin?"TRITA-EPP-88-07, that it was already long standing by that date that only research that supported the BBT got funded hinting at a political agenda.

    The BBT is a foregone conclusion of Einstein's flawed theory of gravity which for some reason postulates that the warping of space and time by mass should attract all matter into one pregnant pea in space, the primordial atom. Reminiscent of Sagan's 30 billion year cosmos cycle of BBT and collapsing by gravity into a new pea. Fr. Lemaître got to prove the Hindu 'cosmic egg" and the new solitaire game became let's calculate the date of the beginning. Hartle-Hawkins supply the model how absolutely nothing in existence springs something into existence automatically. One would think that the condition of nothing existing must be a constant somewhere in infinite space where nothing exists and consequently must perpetually be producing an infinite number of universes. Unfortunately the BBT specialists insists upon a "limit one time use", meaning everything that exists is accounted for in exclusively the one and only BBT and nothing exists outside of it. Also, out of thin air "no physical time before the expansion" [3] which defies the time, space, matter, energy quantum mechanics of physics. That an incongruency exists at the foundation of this theory does not appear to be a problem for those who tout it. Fluctuations in a wave certainly presuppose a context of existence which demonstrates the logical fallacy.  It is extraordinarily blasphemous for anyone to deny God as Author of Creation! The sacrilegious downside has it that if God did not create the universe and we humans are a product of that "no God needed in creation theory"  then consequently we are not created by God nor anything else in the material world since everything is explainable through this magical wizardry of physics. It makes a mockery of all Christian prayers :  "None but the Lord has done such marvels; his love endures for ever." Liturgy of the HoursOffice of Readings, Vol. III, Saturday, Week II, page 959. The rationalists' heresy is pellucid! Just as the atheistic physicist takes God out of creation so the rationalist biblical exegete treats scripture like the notorious Deist H-S Reimarus in today's Funk's Westar Institute's Jesus Seminar mentality! When you take the sacred out of "sacred scripture" and reduce it to a mere antique writing you loose everything sacred with it, i.e., the "divine revelation" it provides! However, radio astronomy must certainly provide data that shows there are warps of time-space and shock-waves that come rippling in and out from other BB's not part of our own, and the galaxies we see moving away in an expanding universe seem to be that way because we attribute other BB material being pushed away by our own galaxy's supernova shockwave. The expanding of space, or if you prefer the expanding universe is a misnomer since space is infinite and eternal, i.e., God created the time-space continuum, and everything He creates has these attributes of being infinite and eternal. If you think you can add to or stretch or expand infinity or eternity you've made an absurd blunder (cf. Mt. 6:27).

    "By His Word the heavens were made, by the breath of His mouth all the stars . . . He spoke; and it came to be. He commanded; it sprang into being." Psalm 33. Divine revelation makes it perfectly clear God freely chose to create and He alone is the origin and source of all being and existence.

    "God brings the entire substance of a thing into existence from a state of non-existence---productio totius substantiae ex nihilo sui et subjecti." The Catholic Encyclopedia (1908) Vol. IV : 470


    If a beginning literally is the theory we want but we'd rather have something else than a Big Bang Theory one could modify it to the Big Force Theory in Plank time. In this model the first thing God created is the realm of the four forces of the laws of physics for without them the Hartle-Hawkins model couldn't work as they claim with their idealism's jabberwocky for it is a phantasmagoria and chimera combining Archimedes perpetual motion machine with evicting the ghost out of that machine of René  Descartes rendering it in essence nothing more than an abstraction of a non existing compact surface. "Realism is the normal reaction to reality. Except for a handful of philosophers, no one is an idealist. Once the latter begins with ideas in his mind without demanding that by those ideas he be securely in touch with the subjective other, he is in a mental prison from which he can never escape." --Fr. Thomas Dubay, S.M., Faith and Certitude, 179. A surface of what . . . Orion's belt or shield? Apparently their work is nothing more than the not so clever schoolboy's misconception that gave rise to their puerile objection that equals nothing more than a rewrite of Hans Christian Andersen's  The Emperor's New Clothes. Reality check : Ex nihilo nihil fitNothing creates nothing. 0 = 0. The falsification for any first year theology student is obvious that God would never create a universe where He is so obfuscated and obscured that man, the greatest desire of His heart, could not find Him through the study of nature, physics and math. God does not play hard to get but as our Father guides us to Himself always seeking to be found. Just take a look at a beautiful sunny day with nature so gloriously radiant and it will suddenly strike you as inconsistent that this God who seems to be yelling out loud in nature for us to hear with beams of sunlight illuminating and warming our faces is hiding behind physical laws playing hide and seek. Rather we experience the opposite to be true. Moreover, does God who created our intellects giving us logic expect us to accept illogic as correct. I'm not talking about the seeming illogical twist from Newtonian logic and physics to Einsteinian Relativity, but rather common sense. Is it common sense that nothing including the absence of physical laws creates everything or is that prestidigitation of the Math Magician? Hawkings was merely demonstrating that in the realm of abstraction, that is, as a reminder these things actually do not exist, in the abstract realm of infinite possibilities that in theory fluctuations in a wave can behave as he posited. The caveat is the modal fallacy thinking about and talking about abstractions as if they are real in any form outside of our thoughts. Any scientific weltanschauung that does not require God must be incomplete by the logic of divine revelation. So if we find ourselves content with Hawkins and agree "We do not need God" we might not have realized it but we just professed the maxim of the devil. [4] Anonymous Necessity k nows no law. (Necessitas non hahet legam.) —St. Augustine. 
        Perhaps the truth is too frightening for some since absolute trust in a benevolent Creator is required to truly comprehend reality. Put bluntly God alone is necessary. The universe is not necessary. This truth scares the hell out of people like Hawkins. These four sentences of this paragraph just read need to be ingrained in your brain. When you finally get this right your vision of the universe will also be right! The great consolation or in Latin the consolmagno is that since God did freely choose to create we are all necessary in creation and in the very heart of God because God is not whimsical or capricious but shares His very self with each of us like a mother playing cards with her little boy on a rainy day.
        What a 21st century Catholic physicist needs to do is not to reject God as Creator or adopt the atheistic nihilistic view that we don't need Him in the cosmos for it to exist since it self creates but to see Him as Creator in the physical laws He designed for the cosmos He designed from all eternity and to study nature in order to learn more about the truth of how things are as He intended. The visible and invisible worlds are not mutually exclusive of one another but linked, inextricably linked together, and this formula simply does not exist in current physical thinking. The pre-scientific language of material and immaterial needs correction since if it is created and exists it must have reality in existence not necessarily mass but part of the physical laws that rule everything in heaven and earth. Heaven does not have a different set of laws from the physical universe under our microscopes or at the end of our telescopes. That sort of thinking of two separate unrelated worlds sends us back to the pre-Newtonian era. 
        Creation by definition is dependent on God, who alone is the only essentially ordered necessary being in order for all things to exist. This has always been a metaphysical law and must necessarily be the exact same law in physics contra Hawkins since we do not live in two separate universes only one. When you get this right you've finally solved the equation for the existence of everything on both sides of creation. Finding God in creation does not mean God is creation or was always part of the physical universe got lonely and decided to make stuff to keep himself happy in a dystopia view of God wrapped in anthropomorphisms. 
        The eternal coexisting cosmos is not precluded for the simple and obvious fact it could not exist or come into being if God neither wanted nor made it so. This subject we shall return later on and the hard core physicist will just have to be patient. The first year philosophy student knows that the Hartle-Hawkins model is not ex nihilo, but rather, materia ex qua, i.e., out of the realm of numbers, an order created by God, thus using creation as though it were the axiomatic "Given" in a first year Algebra class. Creation is not a mere change or transformation of one thing from another thing, such as numbers, etc., since they necessitate preexistence from one state into another in an imagined necessary automatic independent procession. The new odd couple simply assumed! As Tony Randall taught so well on February 16, 1973 season 3 , episode 19 of the Odd Couple, titled "My Strife in Court," "Never ASSUME because when you ASSUME, you make an ASS out of U + ME." For all truth is the splendor of the glory of Christ and not a single one escapes giving  Him glory. For as King David declared  in Psalm 19 : The heavens proclaim the glory of God and the firmament shows forth the work of his hands. Day unto day takes up the story and night unto night makes known the message." For any world that is eternal without God is properly called hell itself. It seems that the Hartle-Hawkins model is actually a feeble attempt to concretize the monism of the One of Brahma or Spinozan pantheism held by Einstein and panhylism of Hartmann and Teilhard de Chardin.

    Whereas, the cosmic four dynamic forces generate the four dimensional universe by acting and reacting against one another and began the creation of light and eventually what ensued is our spiraling cosmos as they were instituted by God to perform this function from all eternity. But we only physically see a three dimensional cosmos and do not know how long it would have taken to generate its own matter sufficient enough to spark a Big Bang for the Milk Way when it reached ignition point. This could have been in 10-43s as some have shown in that model or billions of years to produce the pregnant point in space our primordial atom of Abbe Lemaître. But this too would have been in an already existing Cosmos where infinite Big Bangs preceded it and impacted this process of our Milk Way origins.

    Like all earlier theoretical models of the cosmos from prehistoric times until the present we shall find the fashionable current mainstream Big Bang Theory is like all its predecessors flawed still influenced by the Aristotelian Terra-centric universe modernized to the Milky Way-centric universe. 
    Did it ever occur to anyone that the BBT is the origin of our Milky Way galaxy whose explosion still sends tidal shockwave ripples throughout the surrounding space shaping it out into the surrounding cosmos beyond the edge of our Milky Way galaxy  from all points of a theoretical sphere - rippling in every direction from its  boundaries? That is why all the stars and galaxies keep moving away in an expanding universe and why the Milky Way appears to be an uncoiling spiraling disc spinning out of control with no apparent direction  flying through the imagined void of outer space. It is a seriously flawed bias to claim this explains everything beyond what we can ever possibly see or detect eons of light years beyond the longest microwave radiation wavelength any radio astronomer could ever know in this life. So from the sheer frustration and disappointment and for the sake of convenience ergo the universe has been declared finite by the next generation flatearthers, namely the current pseudo leaders of science,  now called the BBT gurus and for them BBT explains everything that exists. 
       This author's personal view since he first began this investigation in 1964 so it seems from all the data that a black-hole reaches a saturation point collapses on itself and Big Bang creates a super quasar galaxy filled with thousands of galaxies with hundreds of orbiting satellite galaxies. This is a process that never ends in the realm of infinite space exactly like the old metaphysical fallacy of an infinite series of universes to explain the existence of our entire cosmos. But it is only a fallacy when the infinite series is the sole explanation of itself, much the same as atheistic cosmographers would have it be if there were anyone like that today. This has been the model of this author's views for 56 years with Christ's Glorified Body the center of all things creating eternally His infinite universe. The confirmation of this model is that the other Big Bangs shockwaves ripple out too and eventually the twain shall meet from all sides. Moreover recent observations of the so-called "Monster Quasar" a relic of the early universe might actually be from a neighboring galaxy which had a different start from our own. All Big Bangs occur when they occur, not all began at the same time since there are infinite others of infinite age.
    Regarding Genesis and the cosmic creation very little is given only the barest minimum "In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth . . ." Not much to go on except the foundation of our faith that God who is uncreated and an essentially necessary being in order for anything else to exist and be is the Creator of everything. There are no add on descriptors like infinite creation of infinite age. In ancient Semitic thought these add ons were not necessary for it was understood in monotheism as part of its operative definition. 
    The Semitic concept is that God is the generator and creator of everything. There is no pre-existing primordial chaos that a God evolved from the transcendental cosmic mind of consciousness and emerged like the Demiurge and put order into it. That is more of the Gentile garden variety of cosmologies. This was not for the Semitic philosopher, astronomer, priest of YHWH, the God of Abraham, our historical figure known as the 18th century B. C., Babylonian King, Hammurabi, King of Ur, whose name was changed by reversing the three syllables of his name to Abiruham. [5] His basalt stele at the Louvre in the shape of the finger of God who inscribed the code of law and sits enthroned in a bas relief on the fingernail of the stele's finger form as the firey sun, called Shamesh. Abraham knew this One God as the Trinity as He appeared to him as three men signifying distinction of person yet only one since Abraham calls Him in the singular Lord. The ancient Persian schools of religious thinking and philosophy are the origins of Judaism, to which they returned during the Babylonian Captivity for God wished their thinking to be revitalized and sowed the seed for the Messianic birth for the astronomers to look for the signs in the eleven year solar cycles which they must have known before we did so it appears. The Star of David may actually be a Trinitarian Icon with two triangles symbolizing the Trinity facing in two directions symbolizing eternity and infinity. The prophecy of Daniel about the time of his birth was interpreted to the solar cycles and Christ was born on December 25, 7 B.C. [6]  completing the solar cycle predicted.


ADVENT

December 1, 2019, 9:56 a.m.



We celebrate the arrival of the Lord Jesus Christ through time and space when in the fullness of time he was born of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary in a grotto in Bethlehem, wrapped by her in swaddling cloth, and laid in a manger.


Not all, however, celebrate this salvific event. “Sons have I raised and reared, but they have disowned me!” Isaiah 1:2 These are the Father’s lamenting words spoken from a grief stricken heart. A father’s love endures forever! But that of children are filled with caprice. Would that children loved their fathers and held dear to the ways of the Lord and his One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, headed on earth in our day by his holy vicar, Pope Francis. But children today like those of the first coming of the Lord are capricious and they follow the ways of the world with its glamor and seductions. They have no room in their hearts for Jesus Christ and his holy Gospel. But their heads and hearts are filled with satisfaction and contentment in materialism comfortable around a crackling fire warmed by friendships whose only bonds are self-serving formed merely by mutual gratifications based on the age-old adage “You scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours.” Like long ago “There is no room in the inn.” Luke 2:7


This brings us then to the present time rather than celebrating an historical event. Must we have angels appear to announce his birth? Are we evil people who demand a sign from God to prove himself? Matthew 12:39; 16:4. Since every fool already knows in the depths of their heart that there is the One True God who made them why are we so stubborn and foolhardy?


We long for the tender-loving Jesus, but we ourselves are neither tender nor loving. We want a merciful and gentle Jesus, but we ourselves neither forgive, nor forget holding onto anger and we want, nay we demand to see revenge, death, murder and destruction as if people were our enemies! O foolish heart! Are you so deaf and dumb? Do you not recall divine revelation? “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the powers of darkness who are spiritual forces of evil that surround us like a thicket of briars and thorns wounding our hearts instilling within us malice, hatred, bigotry, fear of foreigners and strangers whom we refuse to welcome; terrified by the spooks of darkness like a bad dream! cf. Ephesians 6:12. Wake up! Let the light of the Sun of Justice shine in your hearts to his new day! Have you forgotten the Golden Rule, a rule as ancient as time itself? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you! Matthew 7:12. Who among you would give your child a rock to eat if he cried for bread? Matthew 7:9. Help the poor and the weak! This is the command of love, the desire of the heart of God! Be not afraid! This message is repeated in sacred scripture time and time again. Did the widow of Zarephath go hungry during the famine in the days of the prophet Elijah? She not only fed herself and her son but the prophet also for three and a half years during the drought and famine. Why? Because she was a woman of faith! She knew God would supply all their needs because that is God’s promise to those who love him.


And so now we turn to advent as a time of Christ’s second coming in glory where the heavens shall be opened up consuming the entire infinite created universe in its transforming blazing light into the perfect kingdom of God. Be prepared! Prepare the way now and this is done by swallowing foolish pride and being humble, by going to Mass on Sunday and going to confession in order to receive the Most Holy Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharistic Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Lord into your heart and soul. Prepare the way of the Lord by reforming your lives by focusing on the needs of the poor, the neglected, the abandoned, the marginalized, the weak, the infirm, and every form of impoverishment that aches and throbs and wallows in the agony and suffering of mankind. Do not be blinded by the big screen TV and the parade of nonsense channeled through the pirates of commercialism who rob not only your money, but, your soul. Fill your minds with the serene and peaceful thoughts of God through reading the sacred scriptures rather than the shrill noise, weird, horrific craziness of cinema and commercial television with its debauched morality.


Come to the manger and behold him.






    Think of infinite space as the still mirror of an infinite ocean. A rain drop splashes on its surface. A Big Bang in cosmic space, let us say. It ripples and there's a splash effect much the same as our Big Bang that generated the Milky Way. But our rain drop is not the first. There are preexisting ripples in all directions as newer fallen rain drops prior to our own and others since all rippling in the ocean of space. A symphony of life in a pouring rainy torrent of an infinite cosmos. There is infinite space and space drift ample enough to keep us all so far apart we'll never even get a tiny glimpse of another human inhabited planet before the Second Coming even from within the Milky Way. The reason is obvious. God foreknew radio astronomy in the hands of the likes of us and if we even caught a glimpse of our intra galactic neighbors we'd turn it into idolatry and things on this fallen planet would get even worse than they are now. In other words God put us in quarantine.

    The Catholic scientist/theologian considering the debate between an eternally existing universe and one created ex nihilo suddenly finds it reemerged after the Russian Revolution and the miraculous visions at Fatima in 1917, when sometime 16 years later a young Russian/Ukrainian communist named Georgiy Antonovich Gamov, perhaps totally unaware set out to prove the Hindu cosmic egg belief was correct perhaps also from  an atheistic perspective.  Gamov's position was first taken up by Mons. Georges Lemaître who seems to have always assumed the universe is finite. Later on their view the Lemaître Gamov Big Bang theory was  championed by their greatest disciple Carl Sagan, the great promoter,  who could not resist to claim the cosmos comes and goes every 30 billion years or so in its eternal explosion and collapsing ad infinitum. Where is God in all this? Well, there is none. The concept of God as creator was now relegated to the old man tinkerer of mythology and so it follows that Huxley's Brave New World now replaces the Bible and reveals the frightening and sobering truth to mankind that after thousands of years of evolution we finally are becoming conscious of the truth that only science can reveal, we are alone and must fight to survive in a hostile world. So what is right and wrong? Where is the moral code? Well, you determine what is right and wrong in the Big Bang universe of communism, i.e., until communism controls and then right and wrong is whatever the New Age government tells you what is right and wrong according to their personal interpretation of what science reveals.



    Don't think for a nanosecond there are not  heavy agenda politics influencing scientific interpretations of data, the same as archaeologists interpret data from digs there are many voices and opinions, but how do the wrong ones manage to dominate? Naill Ferguson's Networld explains how truth will never win over lies in the realm of cyberspace and elsewhere.

    The idea of comparing an imaginary time when nothing existed to the beginning of a creation to that of that same imaginary time before the Father generated the Son proves our thinking is in serious error. For if the Father can eternally generate the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity then why is it inconceivable that the Son freely chose to eternally generates  the hierarchical cosmos? Consequently, just as the Son is eternally generated by the Father through the Holy Spirit so the Son eternally generates the cosmos. St. Paul taught "By faith we understand that the world was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not appear." Heb. 11:3. In the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed we pray "Creator of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible." The invisible cosmos too is a creation of God. It is from this invisible cosmos that Christ drew out that which He chose to eternally create and place into the visible cosmos. This is not to necessarily say these are two parallel twin worlds as some theorists posit. Nor that of matter and antimatter. Yet, the possibility for that Symmetric Cosmological view is not unreasonable or untenable. The creation of the visible cosmos from the invisible does have echoes of Plato's world of the forms.


    As Catholic cosmologists the origin of the cosmos being from God necessitates a Hierarchical Ordered Cosmos by definition. Moreover the doctrine of the Communion of Saints makes clear the electrical cosmic web of links between every human person with our Creator and one another. Apparently the infinite cosmos is an intergalactic web connecting all things.


    As Catholic cosmologists we can see among the theoretical models the Symmetric Cosmology theory can find support in scripture and Catholic philosophy and theology.



    John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." The love of the cosmos and cosmic mankind is inseparable from the Sacred Heart that created everything and so it is pierced to bring new life and to impart the grandeur that belongs to Him endowing all things with His glory.

    St. John provides the link between the Eternal Word of God and His cosmos in his Prologue usually translated in vernacular Greek into the Vulgate and into English as "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." 

2. First Principle

    The second translation of the exact same Greek can be translated in quite a remarkable and very different way with an altogether radically different meaning. 

    In understanding cosmology one must necessarily understand creation is not achromatopsic, i.e., black or white wherein zero material being exists and then wham a big bang. This error in logic is due to the false assumption that the universe is finite and, curiously, the physical mathematics used to prove it is all derived from philosophies that are founded on the premise of a finite universe and unwittingly and slavishly and unconsciously the wisest physicist ends up proving what the limitations of mathematics leaves them with the Hindu cosmic egg which was obviously created in time since sacred scripture says "in the beginning". However the Greek "En arche" as an idiom has meaning beyond the vernacular and was used by Aristotle in his book Metaphysics, 1089.2, i.e., to mean or signify "the first principle and cause for all being and existence." The phrase "en arche" can be construed metaphysically, which is critical for any cosmological theology removing it from the Hindu fallacy of being finite and created in the realm of time which would necessitate a beginning since time does not exist with God in eternity. Creation was created in eternity and time followed as a direct result. This is not a small nit picking point or issue. 

John's Prologue now can be read as "The first principle and cause for all being and existence was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." 

    The literal sense of "En arche en ho logos" cannot exclude the metaphysical sense but maintain the same truth not a different conflicting one. Consequently, the translation "In the beginning" must be understood as God being the origin of everything and that nothing came into existence visibly and invisibly without Him as the cause and Creator; and not necessarily signifying a period of cosmic history where only God existed all by Himself as if He could not even imagine you or me and the cosmos yet because He had not yet given us any thought. God eternally knew and contemplated everything in eternity and eternally chose to create thereby eternally creating an infinite cosmos. The BBT simply does not come close to what sacred scripture is saying since it still couches the text in an ancient outdated view that was salient in former times when thinkers anthropomorphized God modeling ideas of Him like a man who produced a cosmic ejaculation giving birth to all things in a once and only creative act like themselves in human procreation. Genesis take us away from that flaw and that is why creation is described in stages spanning six days so that God rested on the the seventh day. Philo of Alexandria wrote about the mystical significance of the number six as that of eternal creative dynamism. This was the ancient scribe's  way, which ages later Philo grasped, to express how time and space and everything in it is sacred to God who saw it was good like Him and He blessed each aspect in six days so that man who labors throughout life could rest with God adoring  Him in a weekly agrarian cycle on a day celebrating life and abundance with Him. Six days did not mean six days at all but is the symbol of God's eternal creative dynamism. Q: Who is God? What is His nature? A: God is the Eternal Creator eternally creating everything like Himself having the attributes of being eternal, infinite, and good!
    As the reader will note rationalistic interpretations of sacred scripture became trendy within Catholic universities and seminaries post Vatican II taking speculative thought beyond the boundaries of propriety and raped and pillaged the text much like corrupt society that has destroyed nature causing our current crisis. Most of us were educated in this milieu and those who had little or no theological background were easily persuaded by the new wave of rationalistic speculative commentaries that treated any biblical text as if it were not sacred but just another old text written in a period requiring study to understand their primitive thinking and then reduce it to a museum piece on exhibition in order to grant themselves free license to impose views purely rationalistic to demythologize scripture, faith, and doctrine much like Rudolf Bultmann. It was from this rationalism the creation narratives of scripture were reduced to such museum pieces and the splendor of truth was obscured by their darkness. But the darkness cannot overtake the light and the Church officially never adopted these rationalistic commentaries as papal documents and the Catechism which has just been revised in 2020 has amply demonstrated its 2020 vision. Following the Holy See we shall never fall into error as Christ Himself proclaimed He is with us always until He returns.
    

So when Gamov was preparing his great defection Rudolph Carnap wrote "The Elimination of Metaphysics through the Analysis of Language" in 1932 to close the backdoor to the creation question once and for all.

Time/Χρόνος

Time, a dimension of all things.

    Time is not understood in contemporary physics. Neither is space. We live in a four-dimensional universe yet we only perceive a three dimensional one since our fallen brain cannot perceive reality at its constant speed as Adam and Eve had in their original state having what we would call extrasensory perception since they could see all four dimensions as sacred scripture implies that they saw God ordinarily. Think of it as the microchip's processor speed slowed down in the model we looked at earlier in that gedankenexperiement when we compared the human being's creation as a living person to a cosmic particle of dust etched as a microchip given life and consciousness by God. Our fall in the order of creation was genetic inferiority to our original design and the processor speed impaired slowing it down. Remember earlier what we said about the natures of Jesus and Mary, they were not impaired by the Fall having full speed processors and the original unfallen, unbroken genetic blueprint God gave humanity prior to the fall.

  Time is part of the physical order of the universe. Current physicists debate about time or timespace even being a real physical reality and some like Julian Barbour assert time does not exist, and on the other hand Lee Smolin who says it does. 

"Since the Apollo program in the 1960's, the chemical study of meteorites had made huge advances. It was now possible to take a micrograph of stuff, hit it with a beam of electrons or ions, and take an image of incredibly tiny structures, almost to the nanometer scale. It was also possible to evaporate off individual atoms from each tiny crystal and count the different types  isotopes, seeing whether this particular rock had incorporated extra bits of supernova dust when it was formed. It was possible to count the isotopes formed by the regular decay of radioactive species, nature's   internal clocks, and measure its age to ever higher precision . . ." Br. Guy Consolmagno, SJ, Brother Astronomer, 16 

    Have you ever seen a movie? It can be seen over and over again. The props, sets, words and deeds can be scrutinized, enjoyed, memorized, studied, for years and years ceaselessly. Earlier when we discussed "Evil" we talked about it being physical, real! We discussed it as energy waves in the universe. For if we mortal men and women can create records like a 4K UHD movie to playback then why is it so hard to believe that every thought, word and deed of anyone is not on record with Almighty God and that memory forms part of the cosmic mind of Christ which formerly was called the universal transcendent mind in antiquity. Time is very real in every sense, for it is Almighty God's total recall of cosmic real time. In other words God does not merely recall like Santa Claus your good and bad deeds "making a list of who's naughty and nice" but God's real time memory is the entire universe at every precise moment in time complete in every detail of every comet, asteroid, hydrogen gas nebula, human, squirrel, breeze and its velocity and direction, in essence, everything exactly as it actually really is in its atomic structure and quanta. And God sees in real time eternally past, future, as well as every possibility simultaneously for God all is present, past, and future. Something very close to this was formulated by physicists Baierlein, Sharp and Wheeler, "Three-dimensional geometry as the carrier of information about time", Phys. Rev. 126: 1864–1865.

And this omniscient God became man and dwelt among us. He loved all whom the Father had given Him before the earth was even formed. 

    So do you think every single thought, word and deed is important? You bettcha! We are created sacred beings of God's family. We call ourselves human. Some perverted thinkers relish comparing humans to animals and insist that we are all one family with them. This is an abominable thought since "divine revelation" makes it clear that God made man and woman in His own image, but some or many scientists do not agree and demand we profess instead that we are made in the image of primates. It appears to be reasonably certain that human beings evolved from lower primates. This we accept as given, as true. But once humans emerged that relationship was broken and humanity forms a kingdom of its own separate and distinct. 
    It is this muddled thinking that does not comprehend, that denies God's designs of creation that is causing confusion and chaos in the mind of the Catholic scientist. The cure is simple. Catholic scientists must necessarily adhere to all tenets of doctrinal faith following the light of divine revelation in order to properly understand science as it truly is, a creation of God with God's designs, not man's.
    This passionate desire and urge to be trendy and "with it" like a youngster doing things his/her parents would not like in order to be accepted by his peers spills over even into Ecumenical thinking where we must make concessions and become like them mentality. We do not need that. 
    Yes, God made humanity from the planet earth forming him from the very soil of the earth, a mere germ in the biosphere 300 million years ago which emerged 50,000 years ago as a rational cognitive soul with the faculty of faith in the very image and likeness of Christ Himself. Only God can do this. Our role as Catholic scientists is not to rewrite Catholic faith and edit it and revise it to be trendy in order to be acceptable for our non believing peers or our peers who distort truth for ideological purposes something that is far more sinister than merely being non believers but in direct opposition in order to refute, to challenge, and to cause chaos within the Church. We don't want to be part of that! Do we?


    Duns Scotus, a scholastic Franciscan, understood it in terms no contemporary physicist could understand. He posited that the death of Christ on the cross gained merits for the entire human race throughout all time. God granted the merits of Jesus 's death to Mary, Jesus' biological mother before she was conceived in her mother's womb. For a contemporary physicist this is ridiculous, a conundrum if true. In order to even begin to understand the nature of time one must first have a universe of physics that understands this "Immaculate Conception principle". From birth we understand current and future events are dependent upon what exists in the past and present, not the other way round. How can time misbehave in reverse order as if it were a lyrical poem set to music in a dream?

A second insight into time is in John 1:15 "This was he of whom I said, ‘The one who is coming after me ranks ahead of me because he existed before me." "The Herald principle." In this case it is not isolated to mere events but the existence of being as it relates to time and space.

The third is like the second John 8:58 "Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am."

Everything that has ever occurred or will ever occur is already seen, contemplated, known in every way to the mind of God. Everything is a constant present to Him who transcends everything. From God's perspective the Second Coming of Christ to earth and the new heaven and earth happened eons ago. The error of predestination removes free will or pretends not to understand how God could foresee from all eternity every free act of His creatures.


Space

    Astronomy is the science that tries to make sense of what we think we see in the sky, i.e., in the rest of the universe beyond earth. Time and space warping together around mass's gravitational force on the sky-beach of innumerable stars like grains of sand which we stare at through telescopes " . . . like observers riding a tilt-a-whirl and trying to sketch a map of the fairground from a spinning car." Michael A. Seeds, Foundations, 10. 

    Space is boundlessly linked with time in our four-dimensional continuum known as spacetime that can be expressed using a mathematical model of the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time into a single four-dimensional manifold.

    Spacetime is how we see the universe in our limited capacity to see our four-dimensional universe as it really is.

     Stellar masses and black holes, supermassive black holes are phenomena of spacetime. Different theories abound on black hole formation the most prevalent is that gravity is the dominant force of the four forces creating singularities at the event horizon.










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NOTES



[1] Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., Talk at the University of Illinois : The Unfinished Cosmos : Creation, God, and Hawking's Grand Design. During his talk he made it clear God does not intervene in nature.

[2] Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., et Fr. Paul Mueller, S.J., Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial? (N.Y. : Image, 2014) : 29 

[3] op cit. 37 supra.

[4] Br. Guy Consolmagno in a talk at the University of Illinois : The Unfinished Cosmos : Creation, God, and Hawking's Grand Design. Fortunately Br. Guy did not have bumper stickers printed with the Vatican Observatory logo with the Hawkings maxim "We do not need God." Nor should we be relishing in such notions that are disrespectful to our heavenly Father who deserves all our affection, devotion and love.

[5] This was first discussed in the Chicago University Oriental Institute's think tank ANE-L in 2002 with Robert Whiting of Helsinki who opposed the idea because Hammurabi should be corrected to Hammurapi, and according to Whiting the "p" is an obstacle. However, since the "p" was peculiar to the Far and Near East region of pronunciation that sound is not evident in the Middle East where "p" becomes a "b" as even Peter T. Daniels (World's Writing Systems) had to admit.

[6] Accordingly our current solar cycle 25 should be renumbered to be #185? or 200? since the birth of Christ, i.e., 184.1818 product of 2026 divisible by 11. Actual solar cycles not true 11 years but vary 9 to 14 years. Without Derek Schove's 1961 book, Solar Cycles and the Spectrum of Time since 200 BC,  or access to the Journal of Geophysical Research, 60:127 from 1955 "The sunspot cycle, 649 B. C. to A. D. 2000," I cannot calculate this accurately.



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