So That All May Believe: The “Miracle of the Sun”

Fatima - crowd in the rain

It was raining at the Cova da Iria on October 13, 1917--raining so much, in fact, that the crowds gathered there, their clothing drenched and dripping, slipped in the puddles and along the trails of mud.   Those who had umbrellas opened them against the downpour, but they were still splashed and sodden.  All waited, their eyes on three peasant children who had promised a miracle. And then, at high noon, something remarkable happened:  The clouds broke, and the sun appeared in the sky.  Unlike any … [Read more...]

Lourdes Approves Repair Plans, After Last Year’s Flooding

APTOPIX France Flood

Almost a year after floods swept through southwestern France, the Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes is finally about to be repaired.It was June 2013 when the normally placid Gave de Pau River broke its banks, swamping much of southwestern France and leaving the famed pilgrimage site under water for two days.  Work crews rushed to clear mud and remove debris after the massive flood; but the grotto had been inundated by floodwaters, causing millions of dollars in damage and making the area unsafe … [Read more...]

Medjugorje: What I Saw at the Apparition

Medjugorje visionary Ivan Dragicevic

This week, the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sent a letter instructing U.S. bishops not to permit appearances of the Medjugorje visionaries in their churches unless and until the apparitions are ruled to be authentic.The news sparked a firestorm of commentary, of both the "I-told-you-so" variety and the "Oh-no-they're-wrong" variety.Given all the excitement in the blogosphere, I thought I'd share my personal report of an experience I had a dozen or so years ago, … [Read more...]


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