20130729 Sun danced in Fatima 艷陽火舞

During the apparitions in July, August, and September, Our Lady promised the children of Fatima that she would perform a miracle in October. Heavy rains had fallen from the evening before into the morning hours of October 13, 1917. Despite the heavy downpour, there was a massive crowd.

 

Lucia wrote, “My mother, fearing that this might be the last day of my life, with her heart lacerated by the uncertainty of what might happen, decided to go with me.”

 

On their way to the Cova da Iria, the children had to walk through the massive crowd. Many people begged the children to present their petitions to Our Lady. Upon arriving, Lucia asked the people to put down their umbrellas and to pray the Rosary.

 

Dialogue with Mary

 

Shortly after that, the children saw Our Lady over the holm oak. Lucia asked, “What do you want of me?” Our Lady said, “I want to tell you to have them build a chapel here in my honor; I am the Lady of the Rosary. Let them continue to say the Rosary every day. The war is going to end, and the soldiers will soon return to their homes.”

 

Lucia then presented the petitions of the people saying, “I have many things to ask of you. The cure of some sick persons, the conversion of some sinners, etc.” Our Lady responded, “Some, yes, others, no. It is necessary that they amend their lives, and ask pardon for their sins.”

 

Then with a sad expression on her face, Our Lady said, “Do not offend God Our Lord any more, for He is already deeply offended.” The sorrowful look and sad tone of Our Lady remained vivid in the memory of Lucia until the end of her life.

 

Miraculous signs

 

            Our Lady opened her hands, and light emerging from them reflected on the sun. While Our Lady was ascending, the light continued to be projected from her on the sun itself. Lucia, therefore, cried out, “Look at the sun!”

 

The three children saw the promised vision of the Holy Family and Lucia also saw Our Lady of Sorrows and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Lucia wrote, “When our Lady disappeared in the immense distance of the sky, next to the sun we saw Saint Joseph holding the Child Jesus and our Lady dressed in white with a blue mantle. Saint Joseph and the Child seemed to be blessing the world, making the sign of the cross. Shortly after this vision had vanished, I saw our Lord and our Lady who reminded me of Our Lady of Sorrows. Our Lord was blessing the world just the same way as Saint Joseph. This vision vanished too, and it seemed to me I again saw our Lady dressed as our Lady of Mount Carmel.”

 

The apparition of the Holy Family is a call for the sanctification of families, and the apparition of Our Lady of Mount Carmel is a call to wear the brown scapular.

 

Meanwhile, the crowd saw the “dancing of the sun”. The sun turned around and descended three times as if it were going to crash into the people. It gave off all shades of colors. Then the sun ascended back to its place, and re-descended three times. Thinking the end of the world had come, some cried aloud: “O Jesus! We are all going to die!” “Our Lady, help us!” Others begged for the forgiveness of their sins.

 

After eight to ten minutes the sun returned to normal; the people found that their wet cloths and the ground had become dry. Many became believers of the apparitions on that day.

 

聖母在於七月、八月和九月的顯現,都曾答應花地瑪三個小童,在十月她的顯現中,會有奇蹟出現。

 

1917年10月13日前夕,徹夜傾盤大雨直至早晨,只見厚厚的雲層。路濟亞寫道:「因為不能預知會發生什麼事情,母親心裡總是忐忑不安,惟恐這一天是我生命最後的一天,要隨我一同前往依麗雅洞。」途中遇到大批人群,他們都請三個孩子替他們轉達訴求。抵步後,路濟亞請眾人收起雨傘,跪下誦唸玫瑰經。

 

與聖母對話

 

不久,孩子們見到聖母在黃柏樹顯現。路濟亞開口問聖母,說:「妳想我們做些什麼呢?」聖母答說:「我想告訴你請他們在這裡建造一所聖堂,為恭敬我。我是玫瑰之后,要他們每天誦唸玫瑰經。戰爭將要結束,軍士們將要回家。」

 

路濟亞隨即向聖母轉達眾人的訴求:「我們這裡有很多要求:比如,請妳治癒病人、使罪人皈化等…。」聖母對她道:「有一些會照納,一些不會;他們必需改變生活,並祈求罪之赦。」聖母繼續面帶哀傷,說:「別再冒犯天主了,因為祂實在深深地被冒犯了。」聖母愁眉顫語的情景,路濟亞至死瀝瀝在目。

 

奇異景象

 

聖母張開雙手,發出強烈的光,從太陽反射;聖母緩緩升天,強光仍見耀爍,路濟亞不禁大呼:「看那太陽!」三名小童只見聖家齊現,而路濟亞更見到聖母,以憂苦之母和加爾默羅聖母的形象顯現。路濟亞記錄道:「當聖母漸漸在天際隱沒的時候,在太陽旁站著手抱耶穌聖嬰的聖若瑟,聖母身穿白衣,披著藍色的斗篷。聖若瑟和聖嬰以十字聖號降福世界。這景象消失後不久,耶穌及聖母再出現在我眼前,提醒我痛苦之母。耶穌像聖若瑟那樣降福世界。這個景象也消失了。瞬間,我見到加爾默羅聖母的出現。」

聖家的顯現,無疑是敦促家庭的聖化;加爾默羅聖母的出現,是鼓勵我們配帶褐色加爾默羅聖衣。

 

未幾,群眾看到「艷陽火舞」:火烘的太陽快速自轉,三次好像要撞向人群一樣,把眾人嚇得驚呼!太陽又發出多道光色,返回原位,又三次像要跌落群眾當中。眾人還以為世界末日,大聲呼求:「噢、耶穌!我們快要死了!」「聖母,救救我們吧!」又有一些人哀求罪過的赦免。

 

約過了八至十分鐘,太陽回復正常,群眾的衣服和大地都乾了,很多人都因此相信聖母在花地瑪的顯現是真實的。

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