A viewing of the Solar Eclipse on August 21st which occurred, uniquely, from coast to coast in the United States, was celebrated in the U.S. Sector / North American Region by a gathering of anyone who wished to attend. Sister Sally Stearns was inspired to plan this gathering with members of the Justice and Environment Commission.
At least sixty sisters in the Sector gathered in the dining room at St. George Manor to celebrate this rare cosmic event of the partial eclipse as it was seen in New Hampshire. Partial or total, it was an event to behold.
In the context of prayer, the group was reminded that “there is Holy Mystery behind all that moves and has its being in this great cosmos”. And from the Book of Genesis we heard what is so familiar to us:
Then God said:
“Let there be light,” and there was light.
God saw how good the light was.
Genesis: 1: 1-4
As time neared for the appearance of the partial eclipse, the sisters shared the special glasses for viewing and the “OHs! and AHs!” could be heard as soon as the eclipse came into view. Many returned several times to follow its progression. The heavens spoke to us that day as the moon cast its shadow over the sun – our sun – in the middle of the day.
To conclude this event, an ice cream social followed as the reactions around the spectacular event continued to be the focus of conversation. We all hope to be around for the next total eclipse that will be visible in our part of the country in 2024.
Diane Y. Dupere, CSC
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