By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

I’ve pondered Monday’s solar eclipse all week, after experiencing it with my Sisters and friends at our Center in Ruma, Ill., a vantage point for more than two minutes of totality (the state of total eclipse).

While the national and local hype was almost a deterrent before the actual event, the partially cloudy day gathered people eager for a historic celestial show.  The clouds graciously parted so that we had optimal viewing opportunities.

For a few hours and minutes, the sun and moon and their graceful dance across the continent lifted the nation outside of itself to focus on something so much bigger than we are. For a brief time Monday, the nation did indeed seem united as the path of the eclipse traversed from west to east.

Any attempt to over-spiritualize the event seems to me to be a disservice to both science and religion. It was a “God moment” of cosmic proportions; it was a scientific moment of equally momentous significance.

The total eclipse offered all of us opportunity for contemplation and research. Words like totality and corona are already both religiously and scientifically charged.

That I’m still captivated by the moments of light/twilight/light and the feathery shadows and ripples on the concrete tells me that I’m still moved and inspired by the total eclipse.

Did you watch it; with whom; why? How long will you remember it?  Why?

Are you preparing for the next solar eclipse in the U.S. on April 8, 2024?