I recently saw the movie The 13th Day. For most Catholics you know about Our Lady of Fatima.
Some will not as I did not for a long time.
Three children from Fatima, Portugal experienced an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the year 1917. On October 13, 1917 she performed a great miracle.
Before the apparitions of the Blessed Mother, though, in the spring of 1916 there were three visitations of the Guardian Angel of Portugal.
The angel appeared three times asking three children to pray.
Do not be afraid. I am the angel of peace. Pray with me.
He knelt, bending his forehead to the ground. With a supernatural impulse we did the same, repeating the words we heard him say:
My God, I believe, I adore, I hope, and I love You. I ask pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not hope, and do not love You.
After repeating this prayer three times the angel rose and said to us:
Pray in this way. The hearts of Jesus and Mary are ready to listen to you.
The angel appeared again asking them to pray and then a third time he inspired them with the doctrine of the Holy Eucharist and strengthened them with the Bread of Angels.
The apparitions of the Blessed Virgin went from May 13, 1917 to October 13, 1917.
I want a chapel built here in my honor. I want you to continue saying the Rosary every day.
The war will end soon, and the soldiers will return to their homes.I am the Lady of the Rosary.
The children told her, "I have many petitions from many people. Will you grant them? "
"Some I shall grant, and others I must deny. People must amend their lives and ask pardon for their sins. They must not offend our Lord any more, for He is already too much offended! "
The children asked, "And is that all you have to ask?"
There is nothing more.
The war she was talking about was World War I. She also in one of her appearances told them if people did not amend their ways a worse war would break out, and Russia would spread its communist errors.
One more thing, amongst others, is, she showed them a vision of @#!*% .
This movie is great. I highly recommend it. Alot of the scenes are real from the actual event.
On October 13th when she performed the miracle of the sun there were thousands of people there. Many with cameras, many just eye witnesses. The sun danced and then appeared as if it was going to crash to earth.
This was an awesome event in our history and this movie is a great portrayal of that event.
Here is one newspaper article written by someone who was there that day.
O Seculo (a pro-government, anti-clerical, Lisbon paper):
From the road, where the vehicles were parked and where hundreds of people who had not dared to brave the mud were congregated, one could see the immense multitude turn toward the sun, which appeared free from clouds and in its zenith. It looked like a plaque of dull silver, and it was possible to look at it without the least discomfort. It might have been an eclipse which was taking place. But at that moment a great shout went up, and one could hear the spectators nearest at hand shouting: "A miracle! A miracle!
Before the astonished eyes of the crowd, whose aspect was biblical as they stood bareheaded, eagerly searching the sky, the sun trembled, made sudden incredible movements outside all cosmic laws---the sun "danced" according to the typical expression of the people.
Standing at the step of an omnibus was an old man. With his face turned to the sun, he recited the Credo in a loud voice. I asked who he was and was told Senhor Joao da Cunha Vasconcelos. I saw him afterwards going up to those around him who still had their hats on, and vehemently imploring them to uncover before such an extraordinary demonstration of the existence of God.
Identical scenes were repeated elsewhere, and in one place a woman cried out: "How terrible! There are even men who do not uncover before such a stupendous miracle!"
People then began to ask each other what they had seen. The great majority admitted to having seen the trembling and the dancing of the sun; others affirmed that they saw the face of the Blessed Virgin; others, again, swore that the sun whirled on itself like a giant Catherine wheel and that it lowered itself to the earth as if to burn it in its rays. Some said they saw it change colors successively....
Here is a link to read many other eyewitness reports and then go see the movie. http://www.ewtn.com/fatima/apparitions/October.htm
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