And the Sun Danced at Fatima 100 Years Ago Today

The crowd looking at ‘the Miracle of the Sun’, which happened during the Our Lady of Fatima apparitions

The Account Given by Sister Lucy of the Events of October 13, 1917

“The rumour had spread that the authorities
intended to explode a bomb quite close to us, at
the very moment of the Apparition. This did not
frighten me [Lucia] in the least. I spoke of it to
my cousins [Francisco and Jacinta]. “How
wonderful!” we exclaimed, “if we were granted
the grace of going up to Heaven from there,
together with Our Lady!” My parents, however,
were very much afraid, and for the first time they
wished to accompany me, saying that if their
daughter was going to die, they wanted to die by
her side. My father then took me by the hand to
the place of the Apparitions. But from the
moment of the Apparition itself, I did not set
eyes on him again until I was back home with
the family that night.

We left home quite early, expecting that we
would be delayed along the way. Masses of
people thronged the roads. The rain fell in
torrents.

On the way, the scenes of the previous
month, still more numerous and moving, were
repeated. Not even the muddy roads could
prevent these people from kneeling in the most
humble and suppliant of attitudes. We reached
the holmoak in the Cova da Iria. Once there,
moved by an interior impluse, I asked the people
to shut their umbrellas and say the Rosary. A
little later, we saw the flash of light and then Our
Lady appeared on the holmoak.

“What do you want of me?”

“I want to tell you that a chapel is to be
built here in my honour. I am the Lady of the
Rosary. Continue always to pray the Rosary
every day. The war is going to end, and the
soldiers will soon return to their homes.”

“I have many things to ask you: the cure of
some sick persons, the conversion of sinners,
and other things….”

“Some yes, but not others. They must
amend their lives and ask forgiveness for
their sins.”

Looking very sad, Our Lady said:

“Do not offend the Lord our God any
more, because He is already so much
offended.”

Then opening Her hands, She made them
reflect on the sun, and as She ascended, the
reflection of Her own light continued to be
projected on the sun itself.

Here is the reason why I cried out to the
people to look at the sun. My aim was not to
call their attention to the sun, because I was not
even aware of their presence. I was moved to
do so under the guidance of an interior
impulse.

After Our Lady had disappeared into the
immense distance of the firmament, we beheld
St. Joseph with the Child Jesus, and Our Lady
robed in white with a blue mantle, beside the
sun. St. Joseph and the Child Jesus appeared to
bless the world, for they traced the Sign of the
Cross with their hands. When, a little later, this
apparition disappeared, I saw Our Lord and Our
Lady; it seemed to me that it was Our Lady of
Dolours. Our Lord appeared to bless the world in
the same manner as St. Joseph had done. This
apparition also vanished, and I saw Our Lady
once more, this time resembling Our Lady of
Carmel.

I spent the afternoon of that day with my
cousins. We were like some curious creature that
the multitudes wanted to see and observe. By
night time I was really exhausted after so many
questions and interrogations. These did not even
end with nightfall. Several people, who had been
unable to question me, remained over till the
following day, awaiting their turn. Some of them
even tried to talk to me that night, but overcome
by weariness, I just dropped down and fell asleep
on the floor. Thank God, human respect and selflove
were, at that time, still unknown to me. For
that reason, I was as much at ease with any person
at all, as I was with my parents.

Of all the words spoken at the Apparition, the
ones most deeply engraved upon my heart were
those of the request made by our heavenly
Mother:

“Do not offend
Our Lord and God
any more, because He
is already so much
offended!”
How loving a
complaint, how tender
a request! Who will
grant me to make it
echo through the
whole world, so that
all the children of our
Mother in Heaven
may hear the sound of
Her voice!”

[Source: “The Full Truth of Fatima” by Cornelia Ferreira”]

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2 Responses to And the Sun Danced at Fatima 100 Years Ago Today

  1. Manus Henry says:

    Best wishes to all on this wonderful Anniversary.

    I gave a talk on the Miracle of the Sun a few days ago, and I would recommend a few less well known books for those interested:

    1) Jaki, S. L. God and the Sun at Fatima. Real View Books, 1999. ISBN 1-892548-C4-6

    An academic study looking primarily at the science of what happened, based on what can be deduced from the witness statements. This is comprehensive, but not an easy read.

    2) Brochado, C. Fatima in the Light of History. Translated by George Boehrer, Milwaukee, The Bruce Publishing Company, 1955.

    A Portuguese Catholic historian’s take on Fatima, dwelling on the wider political struggles, and placing it in the whole history of Portugal. Fascinating stuff.

    3) Norton, Mabel. Eye Witness at Fatima. Macmillan, 1950.

    A quite delightful account of a young English Protestant woman taken along to the Miracle by a Portuguese family. The underwhelmed witness eventually becomes a Catholic and a firm advocate.

    The latter two volumes can be obtained from specialist booksellers via Amazon.

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