13th October – The Miracle of the Sun…editor
Read a first hand witness account of the miracle here
Despite headlines across the internet claiming to “debunk” the Fatima miracle, nobody has succeeded in so doing. Yet, still the powers-that-be in the Vatican continue to ignore the key part of the Fatima message, that the Pope and Bishops should consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to achieve a period of peace in the world. In the light of all the scandals currently engulfing both Church and world, we might use this thread, marking the 97th anniversary of the miracle of the sun, to remind ourselves of the need to play our own part in bringing about the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.
What Our Lady asked of us (the laity) personally at Fatima was as follows: That we should keep the Commandments, pray the rosary every day and do our duty in accordance with our state in life. She said that this is all that God now requests of us for salvation. She also said through Sister Lucy, later in the memoirs, that there is no trouble, be it spiritual, temporal or moral that cannot be overcome by the power of the Holy Rosary; such are the graces that Almighty God has attached to this devotion in these last times of the world.
The great Miracle of the Sun, despite the best efforts of the enemies of the Church, simply cannot be disproved; the evidence is irrefutable. 70,000 witnesses, many of them skeptics at the time, witnessed that solar phenomenon which Our Lady had predicted long before it happened. In fact, it was the first public miracle since the time of the Apostles to be predicted before it took place, a fact that even the anti-clerical press of the day in Portugal was forced to concede.
The evidence that this was much more than just “mass auto-suggestion”, as some foolish people have tried to claim, was first that people even at a great distance from the main crowd saw the same solar miracle. Secondly, all 70,000 people, soaked through with the rain prior to the miracle and up to their knees in mud, found themselves dry and spotless after the miracle. That was no figment of the imagination!
Further to this, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, himself a skeptic at the time, personally testified that rose petals showered down on the people from the sky, including him, following the Miracle of the Sun. According to all witnesses the rose petals disappeared before hitting the ground. Besides all this, we have the testimony of Pope Pius XII that he witnessed a recurrence of the Miracle of the Sun while praying his Rosary in the Vatican gardens.
As always, the main theme of Fatima was the Third Secret, which, as we know, was to be revealed to the world by no later than 1960. We also know that what was revealed by the Vatican in 2000, purporting to be the entire Third Secret, must have been only the pictorial description by Our Lady that accompanied the actual 25-line text. The text itself has not been revealed by the Vatican, and for good reason if what we suspect from the opening line “in Portugal the dogma of the faith will always be preserved, etc.,” predicts a devastation of the Faith in the wake of Vatican II unless the Pope and the bishops of the world first made a public and solemn consecration of Russia to Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart, which, of course, they didn’t do and have not done since.
Traditional Fatima observers are now of the opinion that the angel’s visitations to the children prior to Our Lady’s first appearance also tie in with this predicted apostasy from the Faith following the Council.
Before the conciliar reform most wondered what the significance was of those appearances of the Angel of Portugal (St. Michael) in 1916. Why these apparitions of a blood-dripping host suspended in the air above a chalice while the angel taught the children to prostrate themselves on the ground and recite three times the prayer: “Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, I adore Thee profoundly. I offer to Thee the most precious body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference with which He is offended. By the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and by the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of Thee the conversion of poor sinners.”
It’s only now since the advent of the new Mass in 1969, followed by the illicit introduction of Communion in the hand and extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, both of which practices the bishops introduced without Papal permission and against Papal teaching, that we understand why this prayer was proposed to the children and to us. It was proposed to repair to Our Lord for the enormous loss of belief, reverence and respect for Our Lord’s Real Presence that these horrendous innovations have engendered. As Sister Lucy later revealed, the Third Secret concerns a “diabolical disorientation” in souls and apostasy among Catholics, from the top down.
Russia, as Our Lady predicted, has spread her errors throughout the world. While everyone was sleeping, Russia sowed the seed of atheistic Socialism in every country in the West so that now all the former Christian nations are empty of belief in God, and their leaders legislate against His Commandments. Russia also successfully peddled the myth of evolution, which is now taught exclusively to our children in place of Creationism and has been adapted by liberal theologians post-Vatican II to justify Scriptural, dogmatic and doctrinal butchering. Now Russia has dropped the smile and is back in Cold War mode, which is extremely worrying!
Great post, really brings home the connection between Fatima and the liturgical abuses against the Blessed Sacrament. Also scary to note the truth of your statement “Russia, as Our Lady predicted, has spread her errors throughout the world. While everyone was sleeping, Russia sowed the seed of atheistic Socialism in every country in the West so that now all the former Christian nations are empty of belief in God, and their leaders legislate against His Commandments.”
We need to pray even harder than ever for the Consecration which is long overdue.
Thank you for your excellent post. What you say is true.
Since 1960 Sister Lucia was effectively silenced by the Vatican, on speaking about Fatima, visitors were restricted to a few relatives, unless she had Papal approval. Every effort has been made to keep the apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the Third Secret, and the Miracle of the Sun hidden out of living memory.
What do we see absolute chaos, for the want of Consecrating Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“Since 1960 Sister Lucia was effectively silenced by the Vatican, on speaking about Fatima, ”
We have to ask “why?” What is it that the Vatican is afraid of?
It seems very obvious that the Vatican people are afraid of the truth coming out about the cause of the crisis in the Church – namely, Vatican II and its aftermath.
Thank you for that clear summary Athanasius. I found this relatively new documentary about the Third Secret to be very illuminating also.
That is a great video, produced by the Fatima Center. I bought 50 copies of it a number of years back and sent them to Carmel Books when it was run by the late Robin Panell. I also sent a few copies out to the main TV stations, but they didn’t pay the slightest attention. I think it’s called ‘Heaven’s Key to Peace’. It’s well worth a viewing. Thanks for posting it.
Today, 13th October, is also the Feast of Blessed Alexandrina, known in Portugal as the ‘Fourth Seer of Fatima’ – http://gloria.tv/media/gRL7eB8VjeC – please pray for her canonisation
Thank you for that reminder about “the fourth seer of Fatima”.
Those of us who haven’t yet made the First Five Saturdays might think of doing so now, as things become ever more urgent in the Church. That’s one important way in which we can contribute to the fulfilment of the Fatima message.
I am about to make the First Five Saturdays, thanks to this thread. I’ve been meaning to for ages, but now I’ll make a point of it, as soon as possible.
There is so much on this thread that I haven’t heard of or not thought about for a while but it all fits in perfectly right now with all the chaos at the Synod on the Family in Rome. I firmly believe the whole Fatima message is unfolding right now, and it is very frightening.
The hymn on the video “O Come To The Throne of Grace” is one of my favourites and is beautifully sung on the above video. Thanks for posting that – it made my day!
It is a lovely hymn Nicky. We sang the Fatima Ave after Mass on Sunday, another lovely hymn.
Sincere thanks to all who contributed to this thread, marking the 97th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima.
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