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Prayer for the Month: Faith and Knowledge

What we should accept as truth from science and from religion is not always clear-cut. For instance, if scientists doubt the story of Jonah being swallowed by a whale, they like religious fundamentalist are failing to realise that the story is simply a parable about the mercy of God. On the other hand, the belief that Jesus rose from the dead does seem to conflict with the insistence by some biologists that such a thing is impossible.

Yet even here the conflict may only be apparent. A physicist once said that the idea of the resurrection 'goes beyond our direct experience, but it seems to me in no way to run counter to it. There is nothing particularly important in the actual physical constituents of our bodies. After a few years nutrition and wear and tear, the atoms that make us up have nearly all been replaced. It is the pattern they form which constitutes the physical expression of our continuing personality. There seems no difficulty in conceiving of that pattern, dissolved in death, being recreated in another environment. In terms of a crude analogy, it would be like transforming the software of a computer programme (the "pattern" of our personality) form one piece of hardware (our body in the world) to another (our body in the world to come)'.

Your Daily Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Eucharist you join us with yourself
in your offering to the Father.
Help me to live out that offering in the
concrete circumstances of my life today.
Send me the Holy Spirit to be with me, to guide me,
and to enable me to live in imitation of you.

I pray with Mary and the whole Church
For the Pope's intentions this month.


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