The Word Among Us

January 2012 Issue

Epiphany at the Adler

I had to see the entire universe before I could hear God.

By: Reg Darley

Epiphany at the Adler: I had to see the entire universe before I could hear God. by Reg Darley

It’s the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child that usually comes to mind when we think about the feast of the Epiphany. But the word ”epiphany,” which means “manifestation,” refers not just to a particular event but to a sudden realization or appearance, especially from God. In this sense, an epiphany is God speaking to us. And when he does, it’s like the earth moving under our feet, with thunder and lighting all around.

I had such an epiphany in, of all places, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. Situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, the Adler houses an astronomy...

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