Stephen Hawking did not believe in life after death and religion was only a fairy tale to him. For decades, the gravely ill astrophysicist from Great Britain could only communicate via his speech computer. But his illness did not stop him from dealing with the complex questions of life, such as whether there is a God. Is the world a product of chance? Is there any other life in the vastness of the universe? Whatever Hawking said about that, there was a lot of discussion. Now the genius died in Cambridge at the age of 76.
From January 22nd till 23rd we had the honour of welcoming Marta Rodriguez a consecrated woman in Regnum Christi and director of the Institute for Higher Women’s Studies (Istituto di Studi Superiori sulla Donna) of the Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum in Rome begins her service as the director of the office of women’s issues in the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Pope Francis created this dicastery in 2016 and the prefect is Cardinal Kevin Farrell.
What we can learn
To put it in Stephen Hawking’s words: “Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”
Rest in peace, Stephen Hawking.
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