[Province of St. Louise – USA] On August 21, 2017 the moon travelled in a path that crossed the sun and made a total eclipse of the sun. The path of the total eclipse went across the United States but only in certain areas could one see the total or near-total eclipse. The area close to St. Louis, Missouri was in the path of totality.
At noon all the Sisters and workers at St. Louise Provincial House, (in St. Louis) gathered for lunch and to watch the full eclipse of the sun! A special guest for lunch and for watching the eclipse was Fr. Tomaž Mavrič, our Superior General. We also were joined by guests in the area including the three new Vincentian Mission Corps volunteers. (These three young women are beginning a year service and community life as Vincentian volunteers.) Lunch began with a beautiful prayer thanking God for the wonders God places in our path each day but especially for this day of the total eclipse.
Some people were outside from noon while others waited until closer to the time of the total eclipse which was at 1:18 PM. As we waited and watched it became more and more like dusk. One person suddenly called out to look at the evening star which began to be seen. We also heard the cicadas begin their noise as it became darker. Street lamps began to glow. Shadows showing the shape of the eclipse above began to dance under the leaves of the trees. It was a magnificent experience. All were grateful for being in the path of the eclipse and that we were able to see such a once-in-a-lifetime event. “The heavens are telling the glory of God!”