This Friday, October 13, Catholics will commemorate the 100th anniversary of one of the most striking miracles to have ever been witnessed by human eyes – the famous ‘miracle of the sun’, reports Broken Bay News.
On that day in Fatima Portugal, 100 years ago, no less than 40,000 people saw the sun dance in the sky and then seemingly hurtle down to earth in a manner akin to an apocalyptic event; a very real phenomenon widely reported in the secular press of the day.
This ‘miracle’ of course was the sideshow to something much deeper and much more beautiful; the heavenly visitation of the Queen of Heaven to the three shepherd children of Fatima. To these young children aged 7, 9 and 10 years, she confided a simple yet powerful secret that if heeded, would bring about peace in the world. She implored them on several occasions to spread this singular message: “Pray the Rosary.”
Unfortunately, history plays testament to the fact that humanity has, in the main, failed to pay heed to this simple request. War, the pulverisation of the human person, and the plethora of problems which afflict the family unit, give evidence that we can do no worse than actually listen to a mother who cares deeply for each and every one of her dear children.
A most striking fact that should touch us at our very core, our heart, is that Mary should visit us on as many occasions as she has through the ages and in such varied places and situations.
One of the most famous of these visits was that in Guadalupe Mexico and it is timely as well as thought-provoking here to ponder Our Lady’s words to St Juan Diego… “Let not your heart be disturbed…am I not here, who is your Mother? Are you not under my protection...do not grieve nor be disturbed by anything.”
This is the same relationship which each one of us is invited to have with our Mother and the Rosary is a normative way by which we can enter into this grace-filled encounter with this Mother who reaches out to us in love.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pope Francis and Lady Gaga (Broken Bay News)
Fatima: Spectacular signs for a skeptical age (Catholic World Report)