Friday, October 13, 2006

The miracle at Fatima

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Today is the anniversary of the miracle of the sun. On 13 October 1917, an estimated crowd of 70,000 people in the fields near Fatima, Portugal watched the rain stop, the clouds part, and the sun (still a glowing disc, but now visible to the naked eye) radiate colors, shimmer and spin, and dance around the sky in a zig-zag pattern for about 10 minutes. At last, the sun appeared to fall straight toward the crowd, frightening all; but then the sun returned to its normal place and appearance. When it was all over, the people were stunned. Witnesses also found that the muddy ground all around them and their rain-soaked clothes had dried up .

The people had come out in response to a claim by three children, 8-year-old Lucia Santos and her cousins Francesco and Jacinta Marto, that a Lady had appeared to them there on the 13th of July, August, and September. The children reported that the Lady had promised them that at mid-day on October 13th in the Cova da Iria the Lady would reveal her identity to the children and perform a miracle "so that all may believe."
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There have been detractors, of course. It has been suggested that the miracle was a mass hallucination, yet the fact that an unspecified "miracle" had been predicted in advance, the abrupt beginning and end of the alleged miracle of the sun, the varied nature of the observers including both skeptics and believers alike, the sheer numbers of people present, and the lack of any causative factor, all reasonably preclude the theory of a mass hallucination. Also, the activity of the sun was reported as visible by those up to 18 kilometers away and apart from the crowds, which precludes the theory of a collective hallucination or mass hysteria.

Others have suggested that meteorological factors explain the alleged miracle. However, this may account for the opaque look and the shimmer and colors of the sun, but it certainly cannot account for the sun dancing around the sky and then appearing to fall toward the crowd.

Some Protestants have suggested the people really did see a "miracle," but that it was actually a trick of the devil rather than the work of God. However, I would suggest that explanation attributes far too much power to Satan. Besides, why would the devil go through all that just to inspire some people to believe in God and to deepen the faith of others?

And, of course, some have suggested the whole thing was a monthly visit of space aliens followed by a crowd witnessing the flying saucer. But then the question has to be addressed: Why would space aliens come all the way over here just to talk to a few children about religion?

For a detailed account by Father John de Marchi, including eyewitness testimony, click here. For information about what the children said that Mary told them, click here. For Fulton Sheen's essay about how the miracle at Fatima might providentially relate to Islam, click here. For information about Fatima Zahra, the daughter of Muhammed, click here.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

فاطمه زهرا و حضرت علی در جهاد سازندگی
الله در سوره بقره آيه 223 فرموده است:

نِسَآؤُكُمْ حَرْثٌ لَّكُمْ فَأْتُواْ حَرْثَكُمْ أَنَّى شِئْتُمْ وَقَدِّمُواْ لأَنفُسِكُمْ وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ وَاعْلَمُواْ أَنَّكُم مُّلاَقُوهُ وَبَشِّرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ.
زنانتان کشتزار شما هستند. هر طور که خواهيد به کشتزار خود درآييد. و براي خويش از پيش چيزي فرستيد و از خدا بترسيد و بدانيد که به نزد او خواهيد شد.







حديث اول در رابطه با اين آيه:
اليوم من الايام فاطمة الزهرا بنت رسول اشتب بالمنزل الرسول الله. رسول الله اسئلت وات هپن؟ قال فاطمة علي ولي الله اريد ان ادخل الي منقب مع کله. رسول الله قال علي يا علي واي يو آر فاکينگ ماي بنت مع اليور هد؟ قال علي آيه 223 ف ان ادخل بيکاز الله قال ادخل من هر طريق يو لاو.
رسول الله قال علي: المرديکه فاطمة لا کنيز شي ايز ماي بنت. لا فاکينگ فاطمه مع الکله فاک شي باي مامله القضيب.

در روزي از روزها فاطمه با شتاب به منزل رسول الله آمد و پشت سرش علي با سرعت داخل شد. فاطمه گفت پدر کمک علي مي خواهد با کله وارد منقب من شود . رسول الله بانگ زد علي تو چه مرگت شده؟
حضرت علي آيه 223 را خواند و گفت الله گفته هر طور که خواستيد وارد مزرعه خود شويد من هم با کله مي خواستم وارد شوم.
رسول الله فرمود خاک برسرت منظور خدا مامله ات بود نه کله اين کنيز جنگي نيست که هر طور خواستي بگايي.








حديث دوم:




روزي از روزها حضرت علي در منزل بانک زد يا فاطمة الزهرا اي مزرعه من بيا که مي خواهم تو را شخم بزنم. پس حضرت طي يک طرح جهادي به سرعت حاضر شد چرا که جهاد زن خوب شوهر داري است و بايد خود را در اختيار شوهرش بگذارد تا شوهر هرگونه لذتي ببرد.

فاطمه زهرا روي زمين دراز کشيد و علي روي فاطمه خوابيد مشغول شخم زدن شد.

شخم زدن که تمام شد فاطمه گفت يا علي ولي الله بر من بادمجان بکار. حضرت فرمود بادمجان کار من نباشد تو را به مساقات به بلال حبشي يا ابول اسود دودولي دهم تا بادمجان بر تو بکارد.




حضرت مشغول کاشت خيار شد. مدتي که گذشت حضرت مي خواست عبادت را به اتمام برساند ولي فاطمه زهرا ذکر وتسبيح گويان به ادامه عبادت مشتاق بود.

گفت يا علي بر من کدو بکار حضرت بر فاطمه کدو کاشت . زهرا فرمود يا علي هندوانه هم مي خواهم حضرت هندوانه نيز کاشت. به همين نحو تمام شب را حضرت به زراعت پرداخت انواع صيفي جات را بر زهرا نشا کرد و از براي ذوالجنان اسب وفادار فرزند فاطمه يونجه و شبدر نيز کاشتندي.



نخلستانهاي متعددي نيز از براي تهيه خرما بر زهرا فرو نشاندي تا اينکه حضرت علي کلافه شدندي و چون فاطمه از علي خواست جهت استفاده از سايه چناري نيز بر او بنشاند حضرت به يک باره بلند شد و بر کس فاطمه ريد.

فاطمه عصباني و شگفت زده گفت يا ولي الله چه کردي؟

حضرت علي فرمود يا فاطمة الزهرا هر مزرعه که چنين پر محصول باشد نياز به کود مناسب جهت تقويت محصول دارد و اينچنين بود که علي خود را از اين کار زراعت طاقت فرسا نجات دادندي تا انرژي کسب کردندي و شبي ديگر ذوالفقار بر کشيده فاطمه را به جهاد خوانده او را شخم زده و صيفي و چنار بر فاطمه نشا کند.

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Anonymous said...

There's one other possibility which I don't think you mentioned and of which I adhere to...it is demonic, meant to deceive. Imagine that, thousands deceived that day and down through the years.

Fr Timothy Matkin said...

I did mention that.

"Some Protestants have suggested the people really did see a "miracle," but that it was actually a trick of the devil rather than the work of God. However, I would suggest that explanation attributes far too much power to Satan. Besides, why would the devil go through all that just to inspire some people to believe in God and to deepen the faith of others?"