Original post at http://umruminations.blogspot.com/2013/02/feb-18-2013.html
Welcome back to "Today in God." Due to technical issues beyond my control--and apparently, God's--I was unable to access my account due to the fact that my computer died. So, now I'm using an emergency back-up, and back up we go.What do we have for you today?
Of course, we begin our coverage of the resignation of Pope Benedict. By now, you've all read the news of his decision to step down from the papacy in 10 days. Shocking, to say the least. However, the pope doesn't want all the focus to be on him. In a recent "Angelus" address, the pope told the faithful to re-focus on God (here's coverage from, of all sources, Al Jazeera, on the address).
What is an "Angelus" address? Best as I can tell, according to this entry on Wikipedia, "The Angelus (Latin for "angel") is a Christian devotion in memory of the Incarnation. As with many Catholic prayers, the name Angelus is derived from its incipit: Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariæ ("... the Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary ...")
Back on Feb. 15, amazing videos surfaced on the Internets showing a meteor streaking across the skies of Russia. (If you haven't seen them, they are truly breath-taking.) The Russian Orthodox Metropolitan of Chelyabinsk and Zlatoust, Archbishop Theophan, recently told the faithful that the meteor is a reminder that we humans, after all, are not in charge...but that's okay. He said, according to this article, "From the Scriptures we know that using the natural forces of the Lord often gives people the signs and warnings. I think not only for residents of the Urals, but also for all of humanity the last meteor shower is a reminder that we live in a fragile and unpredictable world.But the natural phenomenon is not a cause for panic and discouragement. Because there are no natural disasters, disease and even death cannot separate us from God.
I am NOT going to comment, however, on the CNN news anchor who asked Bill Nye (The Science Guy) if the sudden up-tick in meteors is a result of (and I am not making this up) "global warming."