Fr. Andrew writes:
The Philae Lander craft, which landed in November on a comet, has re-established contact with the earth. It had lost its power then (through its solar panels) and gone into ‘hibernation’. The team working on the project were understandably concerned. Did they think they would ever hear from the little probe again? On Saturday evening last week it tweeted the words, ‘Hello Earth! Can you hear me?’ The European Space Agency team were over the moon! (Pardon the pun). This made me reflect on the virtue of hope. It is extraordinary what humans can achieve such as designing and sending a probe out into space, which is apparently no bigger than a washing machine. Perhaps we might know people who seem to encounter one difficulty after another and yet we continue to support them and pray for them in the hope that things will get better. Thankfully they won’t be millions of miles away from the earth like Philae Lander, so there is a good chance we will see them again!