Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 13: Miracle of the Sun at Fatima

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A few years ago we celebrated the "Miracle of the Sun" on October 13 for the first time.  Our Lady of Fatima's feast day is celebrated on May 13 and you can read how our Blessed Mother first appeared to three children on May 13, 1917 near the town of Fatima, in Portugal.

One of the children, Lucia, asked the woman (who appeared to the children holding a rosary), "Who are you? What do you want?"  She answered, " I am from heaven.  Come hear on the thirteenth of each month for five months.  On October 13, I will give a sign that will make everyone believe."   

On October 13, 1917, 70,000 people came to witness the miracle that Mary had promised.   The rain suddenly stopped and Mary appeared to the children.  The clouds parted and the sun came out quickly drying the soaked ground.  The crowds saw the sun spinning and shooting out flames with all the colors of the rainbow.

To celebrate this miracle of the sun, we had our spinning sun fruit platter that I've made for the past few years now. I was inspired to make this fun and festive fruit tray when I saw it on Tiffany's blog post at Family at the Foot of the Cross.

We also watched CCC of America's DVD again titled "The Day the Sun Danced: The True Story of Fatima".  We have the Fatima Shining Light Doll for this special celebration. I love these little vinyl figures.  We already have Saint Nicholas and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shining Light Dolls that are enjoyed by our family.  We recently added another doll to our collection, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, one of our newest Saints in the Church.

Instead of strawberries and blackberries like this year's tray, I used watermelon and blueberries for our tray a few years ago.

Last year we made a spinning sun art project that we still have hanging up in our home.  Maybe next year we will do another project for the 100th anniversary (Oct. 13, 2017) of the miracle of the sun!

At noon today our family will take part in the America Needs Fatima rosary rally that we participated in a few years ago.  We will be peacefully praying the rosary close to the entrance of our local Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.  We will be asking our Lady of Fatima to pray for our broken world and nation and ask God to heal hearts.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!


Unknown said...

Don't forget Glory Stories volume 13 "Secrets from Heaven" is all about Fatima (with a bonus track about how to keep the 1st Saturdays devotion)--and you can get a free rosary CD when you order, too:

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