100th Anniversary of the Apparition of Our Lady of Fatima
Friday, October 13 marked the 100th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. On this day, many thousands of people braved the rain to witness the October miracle that had been promised by Our Lady to the children the previous July. Some came as skeptics believing that the Church would be humiliated because nothing would happen. At 12 noon the rain stopped and Our Lady appeared to the three children. She repeated the request for the daily rosary and promised that the First World War would soon be over. A crowd of 70,000 people then witnessed the Miracle of the Sun. The bright sun broke through the clouds and appeared to dance in the sky. Everything quickly dried despite the torrential rain that had fallen all morning. On that day, the Church was not humiliated. Mary assured us that she is Our Mother and that peace is possible when we pray and focus on her Son, Jesus Christ. In times of difficulty she supports us with a mother’s love. Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.