Hello everyone! Today is the 95 Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. Today we commemorate an extraordinary miracle which took place during the aspirations at Fatima. After three days of continuous rain, on October 13, 1917, the clouds broke and the Sun danced. Yes, you heard me right, the SUN DANCED. This was not some “hallucination” dreamed up by a bunch of “religious fanatics” on too much cough syrup. It was a real event, witnessed by 70,000 people and recorded in numerous secular historical accounts (i.e. newspaper stories, radio interviews, etc.).
The following account of the Miracle of the Sun is taken from the Book, “Modern Saints:”
“On October 13 an estimated 70,000 people gathered at the Cova da Iria to see the promised miracle. A torrential rain had fallen all morning and the whole area was a sea of mud. at the appointed time, there was a flash of light, and in a dazzling cloud of light, Our Lady appeared to the children. She requested that a chapel be built there to her honor, and she showed three scenes to the children: first, the Holy Family; second, Our Lord with the Mother of Sorrows beside Him; finally, Our Lady crowned as the Queen of Heaven, holding the Divine Child on her knee and extending the Carmelite scapular to the crowd.”
“Suddenly, Lucia cried out, ‘Look at the sun!’ The rain had stopped abruptly and the sun seemed to spin about on its axis, then to descend toward the earth. Meanwhile, clouds, people, trees and other objects appeared to change colors constantly in the light of the sun. As the sun appeared to descend, many fell to their knees in terror, begging pardon for their sins. Then, suddenly, the downward course of the sun stopped, and it resumed its normal position. Those present discovered that their clothes were completely dry. Thousands of eyewitnesses have testified to the miraculous events of that day (Modern Saints Bk 2. Ann Ball 296).”
There are some who, either out of ignorance or insolence, try to dismiss the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima by claiming that it is scientifically impossible for the Sun to dance. However, this point they raise is irrelevant. We know that all things are possible for God, but whether He chose to have the Sun physically dance in the solar system or not does not make a difference. The take-home message from the Miracle of the Sun is that we realize and believe that all things are possible with God!
God gives us miracles everyday, although most of them are not as dazzling or as obvious as the Miracle of the Sun. Nonetheless, it is up to us to use our eyes of faith to realize these miracles and to thank God for them. For those of us who have eyes of faith, we see these as signs of God’s and in our lives. For those who do not have eyes of faith, these just appear as coincidences. It is just as the Old Proverb says: “For the one who has faith, no explanation is necessary; for the one without faith no explanation is possible.”
Our Lady of Fatima call us to have that deep and abiding faith. In this Year of Faith, let us follow Our Blessed Mother’s example of faith. She will lead us to her Son and to Eternal Paradise. May Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us!