Monthly Archives: February 2024

Our Message to the Universe

[This post includes two short videos best experienced from the Just a Thought website. Please click the link above.] Voyager1 is a space probe launched by NASA on September 5,1977. Its mission was to gather information about our solar system and send a message to extraterrestrials who might come in contact with the spacecraft. President Jimmy Carter sent along this message: “This is a present … Continue reading Our Message to the Universe »

A Thought on Prayer (by Joe N.)

The dogwood tree outside my bedroom window is blossoming. When I open the drapes in the morning and look out from my second-story window, I see hundreds of small white flowers. I first noticed the buds opening on Easter morning, and my first thought was: Praise the Lord, Christ has risen. I sensed what the Jesuit poet Gerald Manley Hopkins sensed when he wrote: The … Continue reading A Thought on Prayer (by Joe N.) »

Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skilled Sailors

Friends, I’d like to dedicate this post to one of the most skilled sailors I know: my cousin, Dennis Parker, the elder of the Moriarty clan, a friend to many, and my first hero.   In the opening act of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, the King appears in a forest, disguised and carrying a prayer book. Thinking he is alone, he speaks aloud while trying to … Continue reading Smooth Seas Do Not Make Skilled Sailors »