13/10 Fatima: Miracle of the Sun

13/10 Fatima: Miracle of the Sun

Today, 13th October is the 99th anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima.  This thread allows us to reflect on the fact that God has given us an amazing miracle to underline the gravity of the Fatima prophecies, and yet, despite this astonishing miracle (eye witness account linked below), popes and prelates, priests and people continue to treat Fatima as if it were no more than a private revelation.  Click here to read an explanation from Fr Gruner RIP, about the three kinds of revelation. 

Click here to read an eyewitness account of the miracle of the sun

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Comments (14)

  • Athanasius

    Yes, the great miracle of the sun at Fatima is a documented fact witnessed by 70,000 people, many of them anti-Church and anti-clerical before the eventl. Even the Portugese press of the day, notorious for its hatred of religion, was forced to concede the truth.

    But the greater miracle was the sudden conversion of Portugal from an atheistic backwater convulsed by revolution to a great and prosperous Catholic nation in less than twenty years. Another miracle was the sparing of Spain and Portugal from the horrors of the Second World War, the only two countries to have been consecrated beforehand to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

    But, like everything else, all the miracles in the world just won’t win certain people back to God. If they are sunk deep enough into their sins they simply don’t want to hear the truth, it hurts the conscience too much and their pride cannot bear the thought of laying the blame where it truly belongs, with them.

    For people of that ilk, I am always reminded of the wise words portrayed at the beginning of the movie “The Song of Bernadette”: “For those who have faith, no further explanation is required. For those who have not, no explanation will suffice”. How very true.

    October 13, 2016 at 12:43 am
  • Michaela

    I love the Fatima hymn on the video – it’s beautiful and gives plenty of food for contemplation on the seriousness of the Fatima message. I was also fascinated, again, by the eyewitness account of the miracle, and although I’ve read it before, more than once, it always amazes me when I read it.

    Just when so many people were thinking that Russia has calmed down and there was little danger of a third world war, it is now plastered all over the news again due to Syria.

    I’ve been watching Sky News this morning, as they are devoting the whole day to reporting on the plight of the people in Syria, in Aleppo in particular. I was shocked at the stats. There were a million people in Aleppo, only 275,000 left and 1,000 of them are children. Only 30 doctors left.

    I know that the Fatima message/prophecy is chiefly about the Church and the loss of the Catholic faith right up to the top of the Vatican and about the diabolical disorientation in the Church which is one prophecy that has obviously come true. However, Our Lady also spoke of many nations being annihilated which suggests war and since war is a punishment for sin, it makes sense that we are in danger of war, with morals, especially marriage and sexual morals, at an all time low. Why else would Our Lady ask for the Consecration of Russia as a condition of world peace, if there wasn’t a serious danger of war?

    I remember reading that Pope Pius XII had a vision of the miracle of the sun, and made comments about be worried about the Fatima message. I can’t help wishing that Pope Francis would have a similar vision – he obviously needs it more than Pius XII, because nothing less, IMHO, will bring him to his senses and make him consecrate Russia.

    Next year is the 100th anniversary of the Fatima miracle (and message of course) so I can’t help thinking that God is sure to intervene soon, within the next year, things are just so bad, the world is so unstable and the Church has never been in a worse condition.

    October 13, 2016 at 11:45 am
    • Therese

      I agree with you Michaela; I think that 2017 will be a year that will be marked in history in a very special way.

      October 13, 2016 at 9:15 pm
  • damselofthefaith

    My post for today’s Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun:


    October 13, 2016 at 1:01 pm
    • editor


      Thank you for that link – will take a quick look now. I hope your blog is busier than this one – our devotional threads – shockingly – seldom take off, but I will continue to post them anyway, in tribute to Our Lady or a particular saint. This pathetic response so far today is, I have to say, the worst ever.

      October 13, 2016 at 4:33 pm
      • Nicky


        I wonder why that is?

        October 13, 2016 at 8:06 pm
      • editor


        I have no answer to give you – at least not one that is printable! The kindest thing I can say on the subject is that it’s a strange phenomenon.

        October 14, 2016 at 12:18 am
  • Theresa Rose

    The strange thing is that Pope Francis asked Cardinal Policarpo, Patriarch of Lisbon to consecrate his pontificate to our Lady of Fatima. Whether it was actually done, I am not sure.


    Yet Pope Francis (as with previous Popes) does not obey Our Lady’s request to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart.

    Michaela, I agree with what you have said in your 11:45am post.

    October 13, 2016 at 3:09 pm
    • Nicky

      Theresa Rose,

      I’m not sure about that supposed consecration of his pontificate to Our Lady of Fatima. Something fishy there. Why not go to Fatima and be present for the event? I do not think his pontificate can possibly be consecrated to Our Lady or he’d not be doing and saying the things he’s doing and saying.

      I love the Fatima hymn, and it’s beautifully sung o the video. Am praying a rosary for the Russian consecration tonight.

      October 13, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • RCA Victor

    Yes, it seems the truth about Fatima, along with most other truths, natural and supernatural, has become a fugitive in this age of degeneracy and depravity – a decay due in no small part to the hierarchy of the Church (one might even say, with their complicity).

    Today, happily, is also the Feast Day of one of my patrons, whose middle name I bear (unworthily, by comparison): St. Edward, King and Confessor. Here is the Collect for his Mass:

    “O God, Who hast crowned blessed King Edward, Thy Confessor, with eternal glory, make us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate him on earth, that we may be able to reign with him in heaven. Through our Lord.”

    Does anyone know if his body is still incorrupt?


    October 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm
  • Margaret Mary

    I enjoyed the hymn on the video, thanks for that.

    I am praying especially today for the Pope and bishops to consecrate Russia as Our Lady asked all those years ago. It’s too unbelievable that it’s still not done with what looks like WWIII not far off. If the warmongering from Russia these past few days doesn’t remind the Pope of the need for the Consecration, I can’t imagine what will.

    October 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm
  • Therese

    From Torch of the Faith:

    Events, My Dear Boy, Events…

    A few days ago, the mainstream media kept the masses looking firmly the other way, whilst the latest Wikileaks data dump was revealing a shocking series of e-mails from Hillary Clinton’s political campaign.

    Among them was an e-mail from former Clinton administration official Bill Ivey to campaign chairman John Podesta, which spoke about the ”need” to maintain political power by producing ”an unaware and compliant citizenry”.

    That most people are still unaware of this news demonstrates just how successful they have been!

    Of course that has been the case for a long time in a secularist culture with dumbed-down education, entertainment and media systems.

    Not that you would notice in the MSM, but the latest batch of released Wikileaks e-mails have also impacted greatly on the Catholic Church.

    In varying degrees of discomforture, many ”mainstream” Catholic sites have by now responded to the news that Hillary Clinton’s campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow, John Halpin, had mocked ”conservative” Catholicism as an ”amazing bastardization of the faith”.

    More troubling was the confirmation of the worst-kept secret regarding the infiltration of the Catholic Church.

    This is no news to anyone who has read up on their Bella Dodd, Alice von Hildebrand or Ion Mihai Pacepa. We have dealt with this issue a few times here, particularly in a series of articles last year entitled And Russia Will Spread Her Errors. Nevertheless, the latest news has a particularly disturbing quality given the state of the Church and the Geo-political situation throughout the world in these days.

    I am referring, of course, to the revelation of the dire exchange of e-mails from 2012, between the above-mention campaign chairman John Podesta and Sandy Newman, the President of Voices for Progress.

    In case there is anyone who has still not read up about this exchange, Newman had asked Podesta whether a so-called ”Catholic Spring” could be engineered to draw some of the 98% of US Catholic women who break the Church’s teaching on contraception (!) into a resistance movement against the US Bishops, who were then fighting against the contraceptive coverage of the HHS Mandate.

    Obianuju Ekeocha, the dynamic foundress of Culture of Life Africa, has tweeted a splendid response to this situation: ”Are you Catholic? Are you part of Podesta’s 98%? An atheist has recognized you as a trigger for revolution against the Church and the Gospel”.

    Thought provoking isn’t it?

    Anyway, the supposedly Catholic Podesta (!) had replied to Newman as follows: ”We created Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good to organize for a moment like this. But I think it lacks the leadership to do so now. Likewise Catholics United. Like most Spring movements, I think this one will have to be bottom up.”

    As Steve Skojec reflects over at 1 Peter 5, this is a text-book example of Alinskyian Trojan Horse tactics. It certainly calls to our minds the tactics revealed by the late Bella Dodd in her writings and speeches about Communist infiltration of the Church and State.

    Even as I type this, various outlets are now reporting that RAF pilots have been ordered to shoot down ”hostile” Russian fighter jets over Syria.

    Not exactly the Battle of Britain is it?

    All of the above is written by way of highlighting the apocalyptic nature of the times through which we are presently living. They also serve as an up-to-the-minute introduction to the concluding section of this article as it regards the significance of October 13th in Salvation History.

    What follows is pretty much a re-blog of what we posted up this time last year. In light of all that is happening in the Church and world, I wouldn’t put that Rosary down yet…

    October 13th and the Battle for the Church

    Christopher Ferrara has frequently drawn attention to the historical importance of the date of October 13th in recent Church history.


    It was on that date, in 1917, when a crowd of 70,000 witnesses, including a number of atheistic reporters from secularist newspapers, witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. It will be remembered that this miracle had been promised by Our Lady beforehand. The fulfillment of this promised miracle before so many witnesses marks Fatima out as a truly historical series of supernatural events. They ought not to be dismissed by anyone, whether presently Catholic or not.

    So beautiful, though also terrifying, was the Miracle of the Sun that many fallen-away Catholics repented and returned to the Sacraments of the Holy Church on that very day.

    Perhaps too few have considered the symbolism contained in that historical miracle. We would all do well to reflect on the fact that the descent of the Sun on the massive crowd calls to mind the punishment of fire from Heaven which befell Sodom and Gomorrah.


    In this context let us not forget, either, that Our Lady of Akita gave the following explicit warning to Sister Agnes Sasagawa: ”As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as has never been seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests.”

    An important part of the Akita message, relating to events preceding the punishment by fire, warns: ”The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned by their confreres… churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.”

    Sadly, we have all lived to see such things happening in the Church. The Rome Synods of ’14 and ’15 were punctuated, if not dominated, by them. More recently, in 2016, two ”former” nuns have attempted to ”marry” each other, with an ”ex”-priest officiating at a civil ”ceremony” in Milan.

    And what was the date that this prophecy was given in Akita? October 13th, 1973.

    Rome – Vatican II

    Christopher Ferrara has also drawn attention to the fact that the 13th October, 1962, was the date on which Cardinal Achille Leinhart seized the microphone, out of order, and derailed the Second Vatican Council’s preparatory documents with his revolutionary demands. Drawing on Professor Romano Amerio’s classical study Iota Unum, Ferrara notes that the Church is still living with the consequences of that derailment to this day.

    Rome – Synods ’14 and ’15

    Indeed, much closer to our own times, the 13th October has turned out to be a very significant date for the Church.

    On that date in 2014, the disgraceful mid-term report was manipulated, pushed through and released to the world’s media – without having been so much as seen by the bishops gathered for that autumn’s Extraordinary Synod. As Bishop Schneider said at the time, and Christopher Ferrara recalled later: ”This is the first time in Church history that such a heterodox text was actually published as a document of an official meeting of Catholic bishops under the guidance of a pope…” Of course, the release of the document became the watershed for a resistance led by Cardinal George Pell of Australia against the so-obvious behind-the-scenes manipulations.

    In the distressing build up to Synod ’15, Christopher Ferrara had thus wondered aloud what might be the significance of October 13th that year.

    Although few seemed to spot it at the time, we did observe here at Torch of The Faith that this was the date on which the news broke, in the German Die Tagespost, that Pope Francis had been hosting a kind of miniature ”Shadow Synod” each day with some specially chosen members of the Synod proper in theDomus Sanctae Marthae…

    Rome – Pope Leo XIII

    There is one source which claims that October 13th was also the date on which Pope Leo XIII had his terrifying experience of the devil demanding a period of 100 years to try and destroy the Catholic Church. Whatever the veracity of that source, it remains the case that Fatima, and the 13th day of October, have been extremely significant in the ongoing battle between Christ’s True Church and the false anti-church of Antichrist.

    At the beginning of the present stage of the battle, the importance of Fatima was again highlighted when it was announced that Pope Francis was to consecrate his entire papacy to Our Lady of Fatima. This is an important detail, and source of ultimate hope, that should not be forgotten by any of us in these dark times.

    What Must We Do?

    Yes, these certainly are grave times. Today is the 99th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima. At the end of this month, within weeks of the beginning of the 100th year since the occurrence of this apocalyptic event, Pope Francis plans to travel to Lund to ”celebrate” the condemned heretic Martin Luther.

    Luther, the troubled monk who: was condemned by a Church Council; disparaged the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass; sacrileged his vows by attempting marriage with a nun; split the Church; helped to split Europe; and paved the way for the secularized post-Christian anti-culture that we have today.

    This planned visit, and the mysterious silence of the world’s cardinals and bishops on the matter, is nothing short of apocalyptic.

    What can we do as lowly members of the faithful?

    We must all stop offending God, sincerely repent of our sins, receive God’s forgiveness, grace and strength in the Sacraments, honour the First Saturdays and pray the Rosary every single day.

    We have all heard the warnings of Our Lady at Fatima. Now let us heed them!

    Our Lady of Fatima – Pray for us!

    October 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm
  • Lionel

    Magnificent, thanks!

    October 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm
    • editor

      Thank you Lionel, and everyone else who contributed to this thread to mark the 99th anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima.

      God bless each one.

      October 14, 2016 at 12:19 am

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