Faith inspiring science – Vatican Observatory || Jesuits at the Frontiers

In the vast expanse of the cosmos, where questions of existence and meaning collide, there exists a unique intersection of faith and science. A convergence embodied by Jesuit astronomers.

At the Vatican observatory, several Jesuits peer daily into the depths of the universe. Their journeys are shaped by their dual identity as scientists and men of faith. For centuries, Jesuits have been a major presence in the field of astronomy.

Several Jesuits even have lunar craters and asteroids named after them in recognition of their contribution.

But what defines the Jesuit approach to science? It is not a prescribed methodology but rather an interior disposition a deep-seated openness to the transcendent, woven into the fabric of everyday exploration. Through a fusion of scientific inquiry and Ignatian spirituality, “Knowing” for a Jesuit goes beyond merely gathering facts.

It’s about living, being a companion, and feeling - a shared experience that enriches understanding. While many see science as more of an obstacle than a help to faith, these Jesuit astronomers show that science can also lead us to deepen our faith. At the heart of this approach lies the Spiritual Exercises handed down by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Through the Exercises, Jesuits cultivate a profound relationship with Jesus, which inspires their pursuit of scientific knowledge. For the Jesuit astronomers, being a scientist is not just a profession. It is a way of being rooted in respect and love for God, humanity, and the natural world.

It is in keeping with the incarnational nature of Jesuit spirituality: Finding God in all things. Their journey serves as a testament to the harmonious convergence of faith and science. A journey guided by the light of both reason and revelation.

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