On this date in history, May 13, 1917, three shepherd children from Fatima, Portugal have their first vision of Mother Mary, beginning the Miracle of Fatima.
These visions continued over some five months, leading to “the Miracle of the Sun” involving some kind of odd solar event.
This phenomenon seems particularly noteworthy because I can’t understand it. The Catholic church has long since accepted the Fatima visitations as actual miracles. Not being religious (as the term is usually understood), I have no convenient pat explanation.
I’d like to discredit these children, and dismiss it as fantasy. That doesn’t really work, however, in that successive parts of this phenomenon were viewed by thousands of people. There were as many as maybe 70,000 folks gathered for the Miracle of the Sun. It stretches credulity to try to convince myself that they were ALL hallucinating.
I’m sure there are rational scientific explanations for all of the Fatima phenomena, perfectly good explanations that don’t involve ghosts and gods and such. Right?