ALERT! GO TO CONFESSION! GLOBAL KILLER ASTEROID ABOUT TO STR… never mind.

Everyone!  GO TO CONFESSION!

From NASA via AFP:

Asteroid to pass near Earth on Thursday: NASA

Thu Apr 8, 1:56 pm ET

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A recently discovered small asteroid will pass by the Earth on Thursday, but poses no risk of striking, US space scientists said.

The orb will come just 395,000 kilometers (223,000 miles) from Earth — a hair’s breadth away in astronomical terms. At its closest, it will be closer to Earth than our Moon is, scientists said.

The asteroid, approximately 22 meters (71 feet) wide, was discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey, Tucson, Arizona. It will come nearest to Earth at about 2300 GMT Thursday.

Space officials said the "fly-by" is closer than most, although not especially rare.

"Fly-bys of near-Earth objects within the moon’s orbit occur every few weeks," said Don Yeomans of NASA’s Near-Earth Object Office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

NASA tracks asteroids and comets passing close to Earth using both ground and space-based telescopes.

Its Near-Earth Object Observations Program, dubbed "Spaceguard," discovers the objects and plots the orbits of many of them to determine if any could be potentially hazardous to Earth.

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11 Responses to ALERT! GO TO CONFESSION! GLOBAL KILLER ASTEROID ABOUT TO STR… never mind.

  1. Duly noted, Father, Thanks!
    We live here waiting for death every day, so this is “bright” spot for us:<)!

  2. EXCHIEF says:

    Like you said Father..”slow blog day”

  3. Magpie says:

    It’s nice that NASA is looking out for us, but I think the old bus is a more real and present danger – I was almost knocked down in Dublin last summer whilst attending a pro-life rally!

  4. Jacob says:

    Extremely off-topic, but these two stories jumped out at me today:

    From The Anglo-Catholic blog: What can the Catholic Church learn from married priests
    http://www.theanglocatholic.com/2010/04/what-can-the-catholic-church-learn-from-married-priests/

    From Newsweek (I know, I know): The Trouble with Celibacy
    http://www.newsweek.com/id/236002?from=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+newsweek%2FTopNews+%28UPDATED+-+Newsweek+Top+Stories%29

    While the Newsweek piece is certainly a hatchet job on the Church by Lisa Miller, the spirit of Milingo is not going to go quietly into that good night I don’t think.

  5. Magpie says:

    Thanks for that Jacob. Gosh – I don’t fancy Pope Benedict’s job! Africa must be another nightmare for him, trying to hold the whole thing together.

  6. Mike says:

    Why should I go to Confession? My pastor explain it all on Monday: Jesus went thru death for us all, so…when we die, well, don’t sweat it, we’ve got a ticket punched by the Lord. Ergo: Automatic canonization!!! Yay! Count me in. Oh. Wait. Something tells me this ignores about 40% of Scripture, Tradition, and the Lives of the Saints.

    I believe most of our troubles come from Naturalism. I’m not one to throw -isms around, but really, all the junk that’s coming down the line…IF we really lived a Sacramental Life, would this kind of flith be so prevalent among us?

  7. Mike says:

    Tomorrow, the 9th, is actually the first anniversary of our previous pastor, Fr. Bill. I have mentioned him here before. Not really a hammer of heretics, he was a convert, a good priest. He died after offering Mass on Holy Thursday last year, beneath a statue of St. Joseph, after being annointed. He had a terrific sense of humor, and a lot of serenity. I will be praying for him at Mass tomorrow, and for the rest of my life.

  8. joan ellen says:

    I believe most of our troubles come from Naturalism. I’m not one to throw -isms around, but really, all the junk that’s coming down the line…IF we really lived a Sacramental Life, would this kind of flith be so prevalent among us?

    Good job Mr. Mike. The Sacraments are key to our needs…spiritual and physical, as when left without the physical they give us the needed strength to persevere. So, if AN asteroid hits who cares? If filth hits…who cares?

    I do. I would rather not have filth bombarding my soul when AN asteroid hits. I would rather have penance prayers bombarding my soul at that time.

  9. JosephMary says:

    Went to confession yesterday. Whew. Hard to get to confession at holy week; no confessions for a week at my parish. But confession blew out the things that were bothering me and joy returned. Got to love that sacrament!

  10. That was about 7pm eastern USA daylight time. I was watching the news or something. It was cloudy outside. Darn, I missed it.

  11. Mike says:

    Thanks, JE…When one is in a state of Grace, all else is gravy….