. . . because I couldn't find a decent cilice in my size.
This was seen over Moscow a couple of days ago:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHOPxVM6oIwSome sort of strange atmospheric optical phenomenon. Could Fatima have been something similar? Sure, but how did a little girl predict exactly when it would happen, months in advance? I believe.
Independence Day over Moscow?The solar miracle of 1917 was seen more than 30 miles away, and made it into the anti-Catholic press. According to Fatima: The Great Sign (Francis Johnston, TAN Books, 1980), after the provincial administrator kidnapped the children and threw them in jail, the Blessed Mother told the children that because of this, the miracle she had promised for October would not be as great.
Actually, I think it's the strongest argument in favor of the miracle. Since the miracle occurred after a large storm, there have been many arguments made that the dancing sun was some sort of unknown atmospheric phenomenon related to storm (the sort of thing that happened in Moscow). The dancing sun in Fatima could have been either miraculous (e.g., God suspended the laws of physics to make it occur), or natural (e.g., God worked within the laws of physics). It doesn't matter. The seers being able to announce well in advance, exactly when and where it would occur, is kind of like having a 12-year old predict in May that a hurricane is going to make landfall on a particular beach in South Carolina at 12 noon on September 5th. Not very likely. The only miracle I can predict is when Father will transubstantiate the bread and wine at mass. Like I said before, I believe.
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