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Thursday, March 24, 2016
Not the Blessed Mother on Toast
is Holy Thursday, commemorating for Christians the day Jesus Christ
was arrested and condemned to death. In various Gospel
accounts he had, several times, alluded to his resurrection three
days after "the temple was destroyed"
His disciples did not
what he meant until the third day after his crucification. Whether you
are a believer is moot here. This is.
There has been, to
knowledge, just been one other instance in history where a forthcoming miracle was foretold, and that is Fatima.
If you've a mind to debunk Fatima, you may want
to begin with Debunking
the Sun Miracle Skeptics. Peace.
brief chronology via Wiki
Portugal was undergoing tensions between the secularizing Republican
government and more conservative elements in society. The Catholic
opposition compared the actions of the Portuguese government to the
contemporary actions of the Russian Bolsheviks
On May 13, 1917, the children purportedly saw a lady "brighter than the
sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal goblet
filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of
the sun". The woman wore a white mantle edged with gold and held a
rosary in her hand.
Her disbelieving mother told neighbors as a joke, and within a day the
whole village knew.
On August 13, 1917, the provincial administrator Artur Santos (no
relation to Lúcia Santos), believing that the events were politically
disruptive, intercepted and jailed the children before they could reach
the Cova da Iria. The administrator
interrogated and threatened the children (with being boiled in
oil) to get them to divulge the contents of the secrets.
Lúcia offered to ask the Lady for permission to
tell the Administrator the secrets. That month, instead of
the usual apparition in the Cova da Iria on the 13th, the children
reported that they saw the Virgin Mary on 15 August, the Feast of the
Assumption, at nearby Valinhos.
As early as July 1917 it was claimed
that the Virgin Mary had promised a miracle for the last of her
apparitions on October 13, so that all would believe.What happened then became known as the "Miracle of the Sun".
A huge crowd, variously estimated between 30,000 and 100,000,
including newspaper reporters and photographers, gathered at the Cova
The incessant rain had ceased and there was a thin layer of cloud.
Lúcia, seeing light rising from the lady's hands and the sun appearing
as a silver disk, called out "look at the sun". She later had no memory
of saying this. Witnesses later spoke of the sun appearing to change
colors and rotate like a wheel. Witnesses gave widely varying
descriptions of the "sun's dance". Poet Afonso Lopes Vieira and
schoolteacher Delfina Lopes (with her students and other witnesses in
the town of Alburita), reported that the solar phenomenon was visible
up to forty kilometers away. However, the phenomenon was not
visible in other parts of the globe.
No movement or other phenomenon of the sun was recorded by scientists
at the time. Not all witnesses reported seeing the sun "dance". Some
people only saw the radiant colors, and others, including some
believers, saw nothing at all. (taken from