What Does the Moon Tell Us?

by | Feb 7, 2024 | Church, Prayer, Society

As a child, my older sisters would tell me about, “the man in the moon.” The man on the moon has been known for being an abiding presence of care and protection from above.

This thought came back to me when I heard of the death of Eugene Cernan. Cernan was the last astronaut to have walked on the surface of the moon.

According to news reports, he wrote the initials of his daughter Tracey in the lunar dust. Thus, the letters “TC” are still up there, undisturbed since he wrote them on that Apollo mission.

When I heard that, I thought how beautiful was his love is for his child.  Not just love, but authentic paternal love for his daughter.

The moon’s reflection is a constant light that reminds us of God’s divine presence in our lives.  When I see the moon today, I now recall those initials that Cernan placed in the lunar dust  Those initials can remind us of a father’s love for his child because as Isaiah tells us God, “has written (our) name in the palm of His hands.” “Thou art dust and unto dust thou shalt return” will be the words that greet us on Ash Wednesday but how precious our “dust” is to the Eternal Father. May our names be written in Heaven, not in dust but in the Sacred Heart of our Savior who fell in the dust three times before saving us by his death and resurrection.

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Edmund Adamus

Edmund and his wife Catherine have been married for almost 18 years and have been blessed with 3 children; Patrick (who awaits them in Heaven), Paul and Beatrice. After 13 years of ministry in the Salford diocese and gaining a Master's in moral theology, he served the Archdiocese of Westminster from 2003-16 as Director for Pastoral Affairs/Marriage & Family Life. He successfully established the Annual Mass of Thanksgiving for Matrimony in Westminster cathedral as well as the Annual Theology of the Body Lecture series hosting world renowned scholars such as Michael Waldstein, Janet Smith and Christopher West. Christian Meert was also among those speakers. All his work both past and present has been through the prism of the truths of Humanae vitae. Since 2019 he has been Education Consultant to the relationships and sexuality formation project 'A Fertile Heart: Receiving & Giving Creative Love'. As freelance consultant he works as Secretary to the Commission of Inquiry into Discrimination Against Christians in the UK and has just been appointed Executive Director for the UK branch of the International Voluntary Solidarity Fund

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