The Miracle of the Sun

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The Miracle of the Sun is a miraculous event witnessed by as many as 100,000 people on 13 October 1917 in the Cova da Iria fields near Fátima, Portugal. Those in attendance had assembled to observe what the Portuguese secular newspapers had been ridiculing for months as the absurd claim of three shepherd children that a miracle was going to occur at high-noon in the Cova da Iria on 13 October 1917.

According to many witness statements, after a downfall of rain, the dark clouds broke and the sun appeared as an opaque, spinning disc in the sky. It was said to be significantly less bright than normal, and cast multicolored lights across the landscape, the shadows on the landscape, the people, and the surrounding clouds. The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth in a zigzag pattern, frightening some of those present who thought it meant the end of the world. Some witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became “suddenly and completely dry.”

Estimates of the number of witnesses range from 30,000-40,000 by Avelino de Almeida, writing for the Portuguese newspaper O Século,to 100,000, estimated by Dr. Joseph Garrett, professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra, both of whom were present that day.

The event was attributed by believers to Our Lady of Fátima, an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three young shepherd children in 1917, as having been predicted by the three children on 13 July, 19 August, and 13 September 1917. The children reported that the Lady had promised them that she would on 13 October reveal her identity to them and provide a miracle “so that all may believe.

According to these reports, the event lasted approximately ten minutes. The three children also reported seeing a panorama of visions, including those of Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of Saint Joseph blessing the people.

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  1. When I was a little girl, I had heard this story (from my parents and family) and saw the movie that was made about the (true) story. To this day, I have never doubted it, and it did increase my faith in God so much. This year, I bought the movie and have watched it with my Granddaughter Macy. A beautiful true story, witnessed by believers and unbelievers. I pray that God will continue to send us outward signs of his purest love for all of us.

  2. i lve this story my daughters bday is on sep 13 and i am so happy that this was one of the days of the blessed virgin, yesterday when i was saying the rosary at church with a group of people a spcecial scent of jasmin flowers were in my nose strongly when i started saying the rosary it lasted a few seconds and left and when i finished it came again i am sure now it was the blessed virgin in some form i told this to my daughter and i feel so happy about this.

  3. Beautiful and Moving.
    It is a tragedy that modernity and secular society are moving increasingly away
    from spiritual and mystical realities the likes of which took place at Fatima when our Most Blessed Lady revealed herself.
    In my life I’ve been blessed with an unusual experience which has strengthened my Catholic faith and love for Christ and his Holy Mother, jeeping the event, for the most part, a secret.
    Catholics need to be vigilant of the pervasive forces of those who both doubt and hate our faith and in doing so we may truly live out our confirmation vows of becoming “Soldiers of Christ”.

    Defend our faith!

    • What is truly sad is that we have a beautiful friend in the Holy Mother, yet people prefer to ignore her. Simply asking her to walk with you every day will improve your life dramatically!

  4. “WHAT NERVE WE HAVE TO TURN A BLIND EYE AT OUR CHRISTIANITY. ” EVEN IF JESUS WOULD APPEAR ,FOR US TO PHYSICALLY SEE HIM,WE’D ,GO BACK TO OUR NOSES IN THE AIR ATTITUDES .OUR SOULS ARE IN US ,HOW CLOSE WILL GOD HAVE TO GET ,FOR WE HUMANS TO EMBRACE HIM .MOST OF US CAN’T EVEN SAY HIS NAME A LOUD IN PUBLIC.” ARE YOU ASHAMED TO BE SEE IN HIS HOLY SPIRIT?? GOD BLESS THOSE OF US WHO WILL HUG HIM ,WHOLE HEARTEDLY”

  5. I was privileged to concelebrate Holy Mass yesterday (13 October) in the Cova da Iria at the Sanctuary of Fatima – with several hundred priests, eight bishops, a cardinal, and an estimated 10,000 faithful. What a beautiful, moving experience, concluding with the return of the statue to the Chapel of Apparitions, accompanied by 10,000 waving handkerchiefs as the people bade her farewell. “Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!”

  6. This is a spectacular miracle and Im so glad I was born a catholic. I love our dear mother Mary as she has inteceded for me many times, She is the mother of the world. I wish that whe will show us a miracle in our times for all those who are straying away from the catholic faith, Holy spirit guide us and protect us and Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.

  7. Beautiful. Gave me chills and almost brought me to tears. I pray that our Blessed Mother’s love with bring many souls back to God.

  8. This was a very good presentation. Thank you. I love the story of Fatima and I do believe this happened. It is a blessing that Sister Lucia was with us so long. I know our Lady intercedes prayers for me. I have been blessed by her prayers for me. Blessings, Mary Blevins

  9. This is the most amazing thing I have ever seen! I was born a Caholic and was forced to get baptize in the mormon church. I still wear my cross necklace and stay true to the Catholic religion. Thank you very much for this wonderful video and I continue to learn more and have faith in our Heavenly Father.

  10. @Stan, when it comes to theology, theres no question for Login just damn with your Phylosophy…. It can stumble you to escalate to heaven…
    God is beyond your logics
    God is not for logic but the vice versa is true… Got It????????????

    • …but I’m glad he is commenting on the site. We need to be challenged in our beliefs and when we can discuss issues like this in an intelligent loving way – then hopefully any sarcasm or disbelief will give way to the truth in Christ.

  11. I never doubted and this will last until the end of time for me. I love Christ, Mary and Joseph and see them every day at Mass. I will be the DC Basilica tomorrow to celebrate. I do believe.

  12. People like tricius and inge are, i think, the reason why atheists laugh at believers and hold them in contempt. All throughout human history there has been natural phenomena that humans not knowing what caused it attributed it to God. I am also a Catholic and I believe in God, but I believe because I think faith answers many important questions in life that would otherwise lead to despair and hopelessness. If there were not a God, the good and the bad, the heroes that go the one hundred extra miles to improve the lot of their fellow human beings and the rapists,thieves,and murderers that never receive any kind of punishment on earth, (and there are many) would all meet with non-existence at the end of their lives,and once those we loved died, we would never,ever see them again. Also, the 15 million children that die every year of hunger and those that are killed by other illnesses or in accidents or are murdered: their lives, as well as being short would also be meaningless. But because there is a God, there will ultimately be justice and those who serve and served God in word and deed throughout their lives will receive their reward. I think that stories like this should be subjected to the strictest examination and if they are authentic, they are proofs of God’s existence. If they are not, they are lies which we would have otherwise believed. And sometimes people will experience something to have an effect it hasnt because they believe it to have that effect. This was proven when scientists were investigating crop circles and the effects people alleged they had on them

  13. God occasionally give a chance to athiests to believe in HIM. This is one like that. This incident confirms God’s presence and the need to believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

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