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12/8/2012
Star stuff

By ARNADENE BEAN

Scientist Carl Sagan calls us "star stuff."

In Jesus' time there was a popular belief that each person is represented by a star which appears at her or his birth.

In the book "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Arthur C. Clarke, he says in the forward, "Behind every person now alive stands 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living. Since the dawn of time, roughly a hundred billion human beings have walked the planet Earth.

"Now, this is an interesting number, for, by a curious coincidence, there are approximately a hundred billion stars in our local universe, the Milky Way. So, for every person who has ever lived…in this universe there shines a star."

In this season, we watch for the Star of Bethlehem. In searching, remember to be thankful to have been chosen to be among the stars.

Sister Arnadene Bean works in pastoral care at Ketchikan Medical Center.