13 October 1917. Did the Sun fall on Fatima?
On 13 May 2017 will fall the 100 anniversary of the first apparition of Mary at Fatima, in Portugal.
It is important to note that all the things that the Holy Lady had then forecasted to the three children she was talking to did in fact happened. Like the taking over of Russia by the Bolsheviks, the end of WWI and the beginning of WWII, then the conversion of Russia to Christianity, which is going on in Putin’s Russia. As it is well known, Mary did show the Hell to the three small shepherds, who then described it as a large sea of fire were shouts and moans of desperation could be heard.
Pope John Paul II was shot on the 13 of May 1981 by Ali Agca in Saint Peter Square. Was that the third and last secret to be revealed? Pope Benedict XVI thinks otherwise: he said that the last message of Fatima is still not realized.
Fatima is also worshipped by Muslims, being the name of the daughter of the Prophet and Mary, mother of Jesus, is the only woman mentioned in the Quran having a complete Sura reserved to her.
Putting the three secrets aside, what still catch the imagination of believers and non-believers alike is a strange astronomical phenomenon known as the dancing sun which was witnessed by ten of thousand of people who had gathered there.
Some people dismiss it as nothing more than mass-hysteria but it is not so easy to cast it aside so easily, as something not common indeed happened there on that 13 October 1917. What was it? For those who do not believe in miracles, it was a UFO or per others the explosion of a meteorite in the sky, something like what happened at Tunguska on 30 June 1908, in Siberia but in Fatima it may have exploded higher up in the sky and did not created the same level of destruction.radiant colors, and others, including some believers, saw nothing at all.
The event was attributed by believers to Our Lady of Fatima, a reported apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the children who had made predictions of the event on 13 July 1917, 19 August, and 13 September.The children stated 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.”
Here is a partial summing up written by Fr. Ryan Erlenbush
Estimates of those present range from 30,000 to over 100,000 individuals – but what is most striking is not merely the sheer mass of witnesses, but the fact that many of those present were non-believers, communists, and others for whom we have no reason to suppose a religious conviction or desire which would induce either the fabrication of testimony or an hallucination. Additionally, even among the many Catholic believers present, a good number of these doubted the message of the children and had no expectation of witnessing a miracle on that day. These too, then, cannot be reasonable supposed to have fabricated the event in their imaginations.
Although the testimony of exactly how the sun moved varies to some degree, we must propose that those present saws something phenomenal as can be garnered from the statements of witnesses who describe how the sun “danced” in the sky and then came crashing toward the earth at a rapid speed! Then, suddenly, the sun returned to his place in the sky, and the crowd was astonished to find that their cloths and the earth which had been soaking wet due to a hard rain, were now completely dry.
So, terrifying was this event that, it is said, many person fell to the earth or hid under rocks and trees. Many thoughts that the time of the universal judgment had arrived, and so they quite literally cried out their sins at the top of their voice, begging the Lord’s pardon. It would take quite a lot for any of us to confess our sins publicly in this manner! Certainly, something great was occurring to move people to such an intense fear of the Lord.
Furthermore, the witnesses of the event are not limited simply to those present in the field outside of Fatima. We note that there were some as far as eleven miles away who claim to have seen the sun move in this miraculous fashion.
All of this seems to preclude any theory either of mass-hysteria or mass-deception. Those present saws something marvellous on that day: It appeared that the sun danced in the sky and then fell towards the earth (drying the people, their clothes, and the ground), before returning to the heavens.
On the other hand, it is a simple fact that the sun did not move. We know this on two accounts: First, none of the observatories throughout the world noticed any such movement in the sun. Second, although many people from even several miles away witnessed something marvellous on 13 October 1917, the vast majority of the human population witnessed no such miracle. Additionally, while it is quite awesome that the wet land was dried by the “miracle of the sun,” the rest of the water on earth was in no greater measure dried by this event.
Hence, for all these reasons, we must conclude that the sun in no way moved during the “miracle of the sun” in Fatima. If it had, the whole world would have seen the event, it would have been registered in many astronomical observatories, and a great bit of dampness throughout the earth’s surface would have evaporated.