Here's where we spent our last ten Easter Sunday masses:
2005: Our Lady Queen of Angels, Los Angeles, California 2006: Notre Dame, Paris, France 2007: St. John the Baptist, Kinsale, Ireland 2008: Catedral de San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2009: Mission San Diego, San Diego, California 2010: Local parish 2011: Sacred Heart Church, Galveston, Texas 2012: The Contemporary Hotel, Orlando, Florida 2013: Local parish 2014: On TV, at home
We started trying to make spring break our biggest family vacation of the year about 12 or 13 years ago. Two years ago, we sent our first kid off to college. This year, each of our children had a different week off. Plus, this year, not everyone is healthy.
Watching at home on TV is less fulfilling than going to Notre Dame in Paris, or the second oldest church in the New World, or even going in a hotel ballroom at a Disney World hotel. And turning off the TV and being at home, instead of the French Quarter, or Cork, or Fantasyland, or getting onto a cruise ship, is boring. Worse, it could be years before we can go back to everyone having the same week off, and with our oldest being old enough to get married and have children, it might never happen again. Kind of bums me out.
While some consider it a miracle, others search for a more scientific explanation for its existence, and researchers from the Politecnico di Torino have come up with a theory that they believe might provide some answers. They say that it's possible that neutron emissions from an earthquake around the time of Jesus' death could have created the image, as well as affected radiocarbon levels that suggested the shroud was a forgery from medieval times...
It's an intriguing theory, but even if this was a possibility, I'm not sure it helps prove the point of the shroud all that much. If it could have been caused by a massive earthquake, and the big earthquake happened at the moment Jesus expired on the cross, then the massive earthquake caused the image to be made on some other crucifixion victim who was already in the grave, because Jesus was still on the cross when the emissions ripped through that shroud. Or are they suggesting it was the aftershock? Those are usually much smaller, and one would expect a lot lower chance of neutron emissions during an aftershock, right?
I suppose it's not impossible, but I still don't believe in the authenticity of the shroud. If it was the real deal, why would God let it remain hidden for centuries, only to appear in Turin after so long in hiding? I get that the Lord works in mysterious ways, but I also think that God should make sense, and this story makes no sense.