Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Miracle of the Sun, October 13, 1917

Lucia, 1917
Today is the anniversary of the "Miracle of the Sun" at Fatima, Portugal. It was prophesied ahead of time and there were thousands who witnessed it, including secular and anti-Catholic journalists. There is no question that this happened.

And yet, it still is not something known to the average Catholic, or even an historical event that is recounted in secular situations.

The Call of Fatima, reiterated by all the Popes of the last 92 years (since the apparitions in 1917), is to prayer, penance, and conversion of life. This is the Gospel Message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

And yet, it took a miracle of the sun "dancing" to get peoples' attention. This is only to highlight the words of Our Lady to a call to prayer, penance, love of the Lord, obedience to the Church, prayer for the Holy Father, and especially the Eucharistic message of Fatima, which preceded the appearances of our Lady by the Angel of Portugal who taught the children how to adore our Lord in the Holy Eucharist.

We have a great hope; even if things look dark and evil seems to proliferate.
We have the love of a Mother who is so compassionate, so concerned for our welfare, that God allows Her to visit us at the beginning of a century of hell: martyrdom throughout the Twentieth Century surpasses any other time in the history of the Church. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us, that we may be faithful to Jesus and His Church in these times of trial and distress!


Mary Ellen said...

Oh, I just love the story of Fatima. That was one of the first "religious" movies I've ever seen and it just cemented the great love I have for the Blessed Mother.

I heard there is a new movie about Fatima that is coming out and I heard it's going to be a great one. Its' not being shown everywhere so I'll probably have to wait until it comes out on video to see it. I can't wait. Supposedly it is very well written and covers all the facts in a beautifully written story that is based on the diary of Sister Lucia.

Thanks for the reminder of October 13th!

nazareth priest said...

Mary Ellen: I am also looking forward to the new movie on Fatima...saw a trailer...it looks fantastic.
We need all the help we can get!

nazareth priest said...

Mary Ellen: one more thought. I saw the movie "Our Lady of Fatima" while babysitting some neighbor kids when I was in high school; changed my life, as well. Go figure!

Mary Ellen said...

Wow...the old movie, Our Lady of Fatima, was such a powerful influence!

I know that Jacinta and Francisco were canonized Saints (were they not?) but I'm not sure of the eldest visionary, Sister Lucia...has she been beatified or canonized? I need to keep up with my Catholic news!

nazareth priest said...

Jacinta and Francesco are beatified at this time.
The cause for Lucia's beatification has been opened; she died just before John Paul II (February 13, 2005).
They are powerful intercessors, no doubt!