Christ, the Bright Morning Star

The Little Prince

From Fr George W. Rutler’s Weekly Column

Of the many scientific contributions made by priests, including Father Copernicus’s heliocentrism and Father Lemaître’s “Big Bang” theory, some would rank higher the invention of champagne by DomPérignon. Something close to it had already been invented by monks near Carcassonne in the Abbey of Saint Hilaire in 1531. They were Benedictines like Pérignon, but he replaced wooden stoppers with corks and developed thicker glass bottles that enabled the production, a century or so later, of what we now call champagne.

   When Dom Pérignon first tasted what he had done to Pinot Noir in 1693, he shouted: “Come my brothers, I am tasting the stars!” Stretching that a bit, it is a good description of the Christian encountering Christ. It is more than Archimedes shouting “Eureka!” when he discovered a principle of hydraulics, because it is an embrace of eternity. So Saint Peter declares, in telling us to obey the prophecy of Scripture “like a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns, and the day star arises in your hearts” (2 Peter 1:19).

   In Christ’s revelation of heavenly joy, he describes himself as the first of all stars: “I, Jesus, have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16). He appears to us first like a distant light, like Venus rising as a portent of the sun about to appear. As the Morning star, Christ contradicts the Anti-Christ, Lucifer, who once was called a bearer of light and even the Morning Star, before his fall: “How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!” (Isaiah 14:12)

   We are living in a kind of chiaroscuro time in history, alternating light and dark, effervescence and despair, and in this the stars can be a reflection of the human condition. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry writes in The Little Prince that “All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are problems. … But all these stars are silent.” His point is that star gazing can make one feel very much alone until there is a perception of the meaning of life, which requires a vision not by the eye but by the heart. Only when Saint Paul was blinded, could he truly see Christ, and it was like tasting stars. Or, as Shakespeare wrote in what can be transposed to a description of Christ the Morning Star: “His face will make the heavens so beautiful that the world will fall in love with the night and forget about the garish sun.”

Faithfully yours in Christ, 

Father George W. Rutler 

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3 Responses to Christ, the Bright Morning Star

  1. Thank you Father George W. Rutler and Catholicism Pure and Simple…
    This writing is quite beautifully profound and inspiring giving us such wisdom with insight! It stimulated my heart and imagination to try and explain something I pondered a while ago and haven’t shared but with a few others.
    To what is inconceivable or incomprehensible to the human mind as we are told in Holy Scriptures about God, how then would the mere eye perceive that absolute reality with its physical limitations; and truth be known to understand matter not of this realm? As comprehended in my mind one late evening as best I could what is God like to behold, and actually be in His Holy Absolute presence? Then as I was becoming sleepy and drifting off into unconsciousness I heard a strong male voice declare to me that, “God is matter not of this realm!” Surely I thought an angel delivered from God a fraction of the truth that was boggling my mind and from my science knowledge I gain an insight that God IS; He is truly more real and tangible than this fleeting present state or existence is to us; more than complete and apart from the actual present tense; yet infinite and physically present in the now simultaneously; He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the End, there is nothing that exceeds God or that is more than God in any way shape or form and even our wildest imagination, because He is complete and full of all that IS and belongs to the Greatest of All things or Anything that can be conceived Now and Forever! But, yet I also know from all of this that if this is what my mere imperfect mind can fathom about God, I have also experienced in this life what I know about God and His word to us more vividly and beyond my capability to explain what He IS by knowing Him in my (heart); here is where I feel His presence and know Him like my best friend or companion that words cannot explain or describe well enough, other than to say I know His love and it is beyond powerful; it is my reason and will for living! I love you so much Lord God and I’m so sorry for my inadequacies and would do much more if I were able to, but, that is yet to come, while I must remain in this state for my allotted time to eventually join You there in Your heavenly eternal kingdom where all will be understood as I join You as a child of the Light and Love of our Creator God the Almighty, in Jesus Christ, You as His Son in the flesh and presence of men, I know this to be the Absolute Truth. Amen.
    Child of God and Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra

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  2. Reblogged this on Zero Lift-Off and commented:
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    by Lawrence Morra
    Thank you Father George W. Rutler and Catholicism Pure and Simple…
    This writing is quite beautifully profound and inspiring giving us such wisdom with insight! It stimulated my heart and imagination to try and explain something I pondered a while ago and haven’t shared but with a few others.
    To what is inconceivable or incomprehensible to the human mind as we are told in Holy Scriptures about God, how then would the mere eye perceive that absolute reality with its physical limitations; and truth be known to understand matter not of this realm? As comprehended in my mind one late evening as best I could what is God like to behold, and actually be in His Holy Absolute presence? Then as I was becoming sleepy and drifting off into unconsciousness I heard a strong male voice declare to me that, “God is matter not of this realm!” Surely I thought an angel delivered from God a fraction of the truth that was boggling my mind and from my science knowledge I gain an insight that God IS; He is truly more real and tangible than this fleeting present state or existence is to us; more than complete and apart from the actual present tense; yet infinite and physically present in the now simultaneously; He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the End, there is nothing that exceeds God or that is more than God in any way shape or form and even our wildest imagination, because He is complete and full of all that IS and belongs to the Greatest of All things or Anything that can be conceived Now and Forever! But, yet I also know from all of this that if this is what my mere imperfect mind can fathom about God, I have also experienced in this life what I know about God and His word to us more vividly and beyond my capability to explain what He IS by knowing Him in my (heart); here is where I feel His presence and know Him like my best friend or companion that words cannot explain or describe well enough, other than to say I know His love and it is beyond powerful; it is my reason and will for living! I love you so much Lord God and I’m so sorry for my inadequacies and would do much more if I were able to, but, that is yet to come, while I must remain in this state for my allotted time to eventually join You there in Your heavenly eternal kingdom where all will be understood as I join You as a child of the Light and Love of our Creator God the Almighty, in Jesus Christ, You as His Son in the flesh and presence of men, I know this to be the Absolute Truth. Amen.
    Child of God and Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra

    Like

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