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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas, by the numbers

There's a doubter in every crowd. In my family, there's no exception to that rule.  It's okay though, the Holy Spirit keeps leading me to amazing sources of wisdom and strength (The Holy Family, St. Thomas aka Didymus, Ss. Augustine, Monica, and Mary Magdalene, Abp Fulton Sheen and Peter Kreeft to name but a few) to bind up what needs to be bound and to loose whatever needs to be loosed.

This fancy pearl came to me today as I was listening the Bp Sheen's "True Meaning of Christmas" and I thought the mathematical probability would be a lovely gift to you on this Merry Christmas....

Did you know that there were somewhere in the neighborhood of not 5, not 10 but 456 prophecies regarding the Jewish Messiah, the Christ, Savior, Vanquisher of Evil, establisher of the New Covenant  That's an impressive figure. The probability of one Individual fulfilling just five of those prophecies would be one in a million.  What's the figure of one Person fulfilling all 456 of them?  Ready?  Here goes:


1/84,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000

Pretty amazing isn't it. 

O Come, let us adore Him. 

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