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SOLAR MIRACLE OF FATIMA? THE REAL MIRACLE IS WHY IF IT IS TRUE THERE WAS NO MASS PANIC AND STAMPEDE
The Church heralds the alleged vision of the sun spinning before 70,000 people at Fatima in 1917 as one of the biggest wonders and miracles of all time. It looks good until you look close. We will pass over the fact that the big number is extreme exaggeration.
The reports say the sun seemed to be about to drop on the crowd. This sight was met with remarkable calm and there was no mass hysteria or stampedes. That is far more remarkable than anything in the sky and shows that most of the people themselves thought what they were seeing was a trick of the light or their eyes.
"It seemed like a wheel of fire which was going to fall on the people," recalls Maria da Capelinha.
Alfredo da Silva Santos claims that "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."
Almeida Garrett would have us believe, "Then, suddenly, one heard a clamour, a cry of anguish breaking from all the people. The sun, whirling wildly, seemed to loosen itself from the firmament and advance threateningly upon the earth as if to crush us with its huge and fiery weight. The sensation during those moments was terrible."
"It suddenly seemed to come down in a zigzag, menacing the earth," according to Father Lourenço.
Ti Marto told Father de Marchi: "We looked easily at the sun, which did not blind us. It seemed to flicker on and off, first one way and then another. It shot rays in different directions and painted everything in different colours – the trees, the people, the air and the ground. What was most extraordinary was that the sun did not hurt our eyes at all. Everything was still and quiet; everyone was looking upwards. At a certain moment the sun seemed to stop and then began to move and to dance until it seemed that it was being detached from the sky and was falling on us. It was a terrible moment!"
Maria Carreira said, "It turned everything different colours, yellow, blue, white, and it shook and trembled; it seemed like a wheel of fire which was going to fall on the people. They cried out: “We shall all be killed, we shall all be killed!” We will take your word for that Maria will we?
In a Fortean Picture Library photo in The Book of Miracles some of the people are not looking up at the solar miracle evidently because they have seen nothing and all of the faces looking up are not amazed. There are no open mouths or hands to the mouth. There is nobody showing any sign of fear. This picture tells a lot of the real truth about the solar miracle. It says Lucia herself did not see the miracle (page 54, What Happened at Fatima?) though it seems she saw figures in the sun. So the only one who could prove that the Virgin was appearing did not see the super-miracle. Again, the lady does not care about proving the apparition authentic.
The village of Alburitel for one that reported seeing the miracle at a distance and which gave out reports afterwards that imitated what people at the Cova were saying seems to have seen the sun falling too! The priest wrote, "I feel incapable of describing what I saw and felt. I looked fixedly at the sun, which seemed pale and did not hurt the eyes. Looking like a ball of snow revolving upon itself, it suddenly seemed to come down in a zigzag, 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. During those long moments of the solar prodigy, objects around us turned all the colours of the rainbow."
None of this makes sense. When something like that happens people run for cover and trample over each other. That did not happen at Fatima AT ALL! What if you say that is another miracle? If God has that much control over people then the witnesses were robots not witnesses. The real truth is that it fits some self-inflicted illusion better than a real spectacle in the sky. It fits people who at some level sensed this was not real.
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