With Christmas right around the corner, annual holiday events are in full swing. I was among a group that gathered recently at St. Catherine University in St. Paul to hear Terrence Flower, a physics professor at the school, give his annual lecture about the Star of Bethlehem.
Flower, who teaches an astronomy course, is passionate about the subject, offering a variety of possible explanations for the celestial event that guided the Magi to the place of Jesus’ birth.
The professor says he hopes his presentation makes Christmas a bit more special for those who attend. I know it did for me.
You can read my story about the Star of Bethlehem on The Catholic Spirit’s website as well as a Q&A I conducted with a local seminary professor about the theological significance of the star and the town of Bethlehem.