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The Miracle of the Sun

3 Jun

The Miracle of the Sun still continues to defy science till date. Witnessed by around 30,000 to 40,000 people in Cova Da Iria on October 13, 1917, is the most undisputed of all the miracles confirmed by the Catholic Church. Also this miracle was only a sign about the prophecies made by the apparitions of Mother Mary to the three shepherd children Jacinta, Fransico Marto and Lucia dos Santos. Catholics have regarded Mary as a “miracle worker” for centuries, and this view has continued into the 21st century. So, is it fake or a made up story? Let`s look at the accounts of people who actually were present Catholics & Anit-Catholics alike.

“The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceedingly swift and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat.” Dr Domingos Pinto Coelho, writing for the Catholic newspaper Ordem.

“Engineers that have studied the case reckoned that an incredible amount of energy would have been necessary to dry up those pools of water that had formed on the field in a few minutes as it was reported by witnesses. The prediction of an unspecified “miracle”, the abrupt beginning and end of the event, the varied religious backgrounds of the observers, the sheer numbers of people present, reports of sightings by people up to 18 kilometres (11 mi) away, and the lack of any known scientific causative factor make a mass hallucination or mass hysteria unlikely. Given the indubitable reference to God and the general context of the story, it seems that we must attribute to Him alone the most obvious and colossal miracle of history.” De Marchi

“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 colours successively….” O Seculo (a pro-government, anti-clerical, Lisbon paper)

“… The silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds … The light turned a beautiful blue, as if it had come through the stained-glass windows of a cathedral, and spread itself over the people who knelt with outstretched hands … people wept and prayed with uncovered heads, in the presence of a miracle they had awaited. The seconds seemed like hours, so vivid were they.” A reporter for the Lisbon newspaper O Dia.

“We made our arrangements and went in three motor cars on the early morning of the 13th. There was a thick mist, and the car which went in front mistook the way so that we were all lost for a time and only arrived at the Cova da Iria at midday by the sun. It was absolutely full of people, but for my part, I felt devoid of any religious feeling. When Lucia called out: “Look at the sun!” the whole multitude repeated: “Attention to the sun!” It was a day of incessant drizzle but a few moments before the miracle it stopped raining. I can hardly find words to describe what followed. The sun began to move, and at a certain moment appeared to be detached from the sky and about to hurtle upon us like a wheel of flame. My wife—we had been married only a short time — fainted, and I was too upset to attend to her, and my brother-in-law law, Joao Vassalo, supported her on his arm. I fell on my knees, oblivious of everything, and when I got up I don’t know what I said. I think I began to cry out like the others. An old man with a white beard began to attack the atheists aloud and challenged them to say whether or not something supernatural had occurred.” Senhor Alfredo da Silva Santos (Lisbon)

“The sun’s disc did not remain immobile. This was not the sparkling of a heavenly body, for it spun round on itself in a mad whirl when suddenly a clamour was heard from all the people. The sun, whirling, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible.” —De Marchi attributes this description to Dr. Almeida Garrett, Professor of Natural Sciences at Coimbra University.[29] Theologian Father Stanley L. Jaki wrote that it was actually given by Dr José Almeida Garrett, a young lawyer, and is often mistakenly attributed to his father, a professor of natural sciences at the University of Coimbra,[17] named Dr. Gonçalo de Almeida Garrett.

“As if like a bolt from the blue, the clouds were wrenched apart, and the sun at its zenith appeared in all its splendour. It began to revolve vertiginously on its axis, like the most magnificent Firewheel that could be imagined, taking on all the colours of the rainbow and sending forth multicoloured flashes of light, producing the most astounding effect. This sublime and incomparable spectacle, which was repeated three distinct times, lasted for about ten minutes. The immense multitude, overcome by the evidence of such a tremendous prodigy, threw themselves on their knees.”―Dr. Manuel Formigão, a professor at the seminary at Santarém, and a priest.

“I feel incapable of describing what I saw. I looked fixedly at the sun, which seemed pale and did not hurt my eyes. Looking like a ball of snow, revolving on itself, it suddenly seemed to come down in a zig-zag, menacing the earth. Terrified, I ran and hid myself among the people, who were weeping and expecting the end of the world at any moment.”—Rev. Joaquim Lourenço, describing his boyhood experience in Alburitel, eighteen kilometres from Fátima

“On that day of October 13, 1917, without remembering the predictions of the children, I was enchanted by a remarkable spectacle in the sky of a kind I had never seen before. I saw it from this veranda …”—Portuguese poet Afonso Lopes Vieira

The event was declared of “supernatural character” by the Catholic Church in 1930. The event is seen as the fulfilment of a promise by Mary, mother of Jesus to the shepherd children she appeared to several times before October 13, 1917. According to the children’s accounts, Mary, referred to as the Lady of Fátima, promised them she would perform a miracle to show people they were telling the truth, and so caused the Sun to make violent movements in the sky.

Also as a conclusion, all the prophecies made by Mary in the apparitions to the three shepherd children have come true or ongoing.

“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.”

 

 

 

 

I LOVE YOU

5 Nov

By tonyg,

Mistakes in my life have caused me pain within,ilovejesus
I spent many sleepless nights feeling sorry for my sin,
One night into my heart gentle words said to me,
Let your heart not be troubled, I have set you free,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and True,
Place your trust in Me and wipe away your tears,
My eternal love will fill you and conquer all of your fears,
At times daily struggles pull me from side to side,
Some battles have been lost, indulging in selfish pride,
I feel great sadness knowing that sin keeps us apart,
Once again those words of comfort echo in my heart,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and True,
Many times you have strayed but I love you just the same,
When trouble finds you once again call upon My name,
Trust in My Mercy always as you journey on your way,
Repent and My Divine Mercy will wash your sins away,
Remember that I love you just for being you,
My love is everlasting, Divinely Merciful and true,
All that I ask is that you place your trust in Me,
Sin and death were conquered upon the cross on Calvary!

Common man`s fate

30 Jan

Laxman_with_common_man
All trials and troubles he bore without fuming and fretting,
All financial miseries with happiness,
Never did he waste a single instant,
Simple man was he full of joyousness

His youth spent in easing food and shelter for his children,
He wasted his life for their  delights
Keeping nothing for himself of any man`s gem,
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication he naturalized

He had time for God and family,
Even in his old age he sang with a divine voice,
He spent his time doing handicrafts and things auxiliary,
Never did he check his bank correspondence

Was he a junk, was he a sceptic,
Was he a failure in worlds sight,
Was he a hero in God`s metric,
Common man was he by right

The world honors men with richness,
Seldom do we check their moral wellness,
But divine majesty has no favorites,
We are honored based on our deeds and goodness

References: “Laxman with common man” by RKL-Info – Personal Collection. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Laxman_with_common_man.jpg#/media/File:Laxman_with_common_man.jpg

 

To a Grandparent

9 Jan
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“The Favorite” – Grandfather and Grandson(from Wikimedia Commons)

It’s been ten years since his life came to an end,
But seldom has those thoughts crossed our mind,
About the beautiful moments that he gave us,
About the delicious food that he used to get us

We have forgotten how his funds helped us sustain,
The moments of laughter and joy that our lives stained,
His presence was a sufficient guard at night,
It’s ten years since his mortal face went out of sight

We really loved and enjoyed his company,
The stories of his narration aroused symphony,
Our curious questions he often answered,
All seems yesterday, but ten years since death captured

Life is short, make most of it seems true today,
Yesterday with its opportunities and promises has gone away,
Today is due with all its troubles and tribulations
Oh its ten years since his death without expectations

Do You Want to Put Christ Back Into Christmas?

22 Dec

Fr. Victor Vijay Lobo,
Sandesha, Mangalore

Dear Friends,

Important information regarding Christmas

1. Please don`t use the term ‘season`s greetings during Christmas.

This term is promoted by people who do not want to take the Name of “Christ”. We as Christians should not hesitate to say “Christ”mas season.

2. It’s wrong to use the term ‘X’mas. ‘X’ means unknown in mathematical terminology. But we as Christians, know that it`s birthday of Our Savior Jesus Christ. We know him. He is not unknown to us. So let`s use the term “Christ”mas properly.

3. Let`s not use the image of Santa Claus to greet on Christmas. Christmas is a birthday of Jesus not of Santa. This used for the commercial benefits by Non Christians. We are Christians let`s not send greetings with Santa Image. Lets send the image of Baby Jesus in the Crib or Baby Jesus with Joseph and Mary. Let`s not be blind imitators of those who misuse it.

Please pass this information to all so that we educated everyone about the true spirit of Christmas and make this year`s Christmas, “Birthday of Jesus Christ Our Savior”.

Let They Prove It

29 Nov

Let they prove you didn’t rise from dead,
Let they prove you didn’t rose Lazarus from dead,
Let they prove you didn’t feed five thousand men with five loaves and two fish,
Let they prove you didn’t turn water to wine at Cana

Let they prove you didn’t give vision to the blind,
Let they prove you didn’t cure the lepers,
Let they prove you didn’t  mend dumb,
Let they prove you didn’t heal the paralytic.

Let they prove you didn’t appear to the apostles,
Let they prove the mystery behind your empty tomb,
Let they prove you were not taken in body and soul to heaven,
Let they prove you are not Son of the Living God

To whom shall we go Lord you have the words of eternal life,
You are our only hope, the Son of the Living God,
On whose name every creature in heaven and Earth shall fall on their knees,
And every tongue shall confess that Jesus is the true God

An expat`s Poem

2 Aug

Oh chirping birds,

So Lovely are your sounds,

Blissful experience for all who hear,

Bulbul

Bulbul

In a city unknown.

 

Seldom have I passed away ignoring your tones,

The tones no musician can produce,

Pleasant feast to all who feel your strength,

That much-needed strength to soul so weak

 

You sing to everyone without fare,

Reminding us life is beautiful as its creator,

Not to be tensed, not to worry,

But to be joyful every day.