Thursday, October 13, 2005

Miracle of the Sun

Today is the 88th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, where the sun appeared to hurtle towards the earth before the astonished eyes of tens of thousands at the site where Mary appeared to the three shepherd children in Portugal.

I watched the movie on Fatima with a group of friends a few months back. The children of one of them -- herself about 8 years old -- remarked that Jacinta, one of the shepherds who saw the Blessed Virgin, seemed not to do much but cry a lot. I hadn't noticed, either because I cried a lot as a child, or because it seemed to me that Jacinta had a lot to cry about.

Spirit Daily has a remarkableprofile of little Jacinta, who at the time of her death had reached a depth of spiritual maturity that was way beyond her years -- even for a saint.

Here's an excerpt:

"Even after she was taken sick, which eventually led to her death, she would get out of bed to bow her head to the floor, and pray as the Angel had taught for the glory of God, Jesus in the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which God is offended and to beg for the conversion of poor sinners. A priest finally had to tell her, as she would fall over at times doing this, that she should say the prayer in bed."

Thanks to Money Bags for remembering this day.