We encounter challenges. We work the problems. We face our greatest challenge, our salvation, alone.
We can get advice from others, but we really are alone in working out our salvation with fear and trembling, close to but distant from others. The character in the movie faces a lot of challenges alone.
We all, on the other hand, for our spiritual lives have the help of angels and saints and of actual graces!
In a sense, in this life, we are all in this together and we have to help each other out, for the love of God and neighbor. But when it comes down to responsibility for our actions, when it comes to our Judgment… we face those things by ourselves and stand alone before the Just Judge.
Speaking of being alone, I spotted this nifty story at Space.com. “The Martian”, in the movie and book, uses old technology (a couple of different kinds) to overcome his challenges. So, too, those who handle Voyager.
Voyager 1 Just Fired Up its Backup Thrusters for the 1st Time in 37 Years
NASA’s far-flung Voyager 1 spacecraft has taken its backup thrusters out of mothballs.
Voyager 1 hadn’t used its four “trajectory correction maneuver” (TCM) thrusters since November 1980, during the spacecraft’s last planetary flyby — an epic encounter with Saturn. But mission team members fired them up again Tuesday (Nov. 28), to see whether the TCM thrusters were still ready for primetime.
The little engines passed the test with flying colors, NASA officials said.
“The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test,” Todd Barber, a propulsion engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, said in a statement. “The mood was one of relief, joy and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all.”
“The Voyager flight team dug up decades-old data and examined the software that was coded in an outdated assembler language, to make sure we could safely test the thrusters,” Chris Jones, chief engineer at JPL, said in the same statement.
How about an analogy.
The hotshots who handle Voyager dug up stuff from way back in the probes past and used it creatively to give new live to the spacecraft.
Even as we see now that the Catholic Church is, demographically dying in these wealthy USA, and she is being shoved farther and farther to the periphery, some bishops and priests are injecting new life into their flocks through the rediscovery of tradition.
We can benefit a great deal from the past. We must be careful not to rush to scrap things that some claim are obsolete.
GO TO CONFESSION!