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      A photograph of part of the 70,000
witnesses as they are actually
observing the Miracle of the Sun
at Fatima on October 13, 1917.

The Miracle of the Sun

Chapter 1

The Message and the Miracle


God does not waste miracles. Throughout salvation history — from Joshua, to Moses, to the twelve Apostles, to the saints of the Catholic Church down through the centuries — God has granted miracles for one overriding purpose: to serve as a divine credential for a witness who invokes the miracle in His name. When God chooses a witness, and then associates an authentic miracle with the testimony of that witness, we can know for certain that the witness is worthy of belief. God does not grant miracles to vouch for unreliable witnesses; God does not choose unreliable witnesses.

No, God does not waste miracles. Much less does God waste a public miracle witnessed by 70,000 people, believers and unbelievers alike, which occurred at precisely the moment predicted three months earlier by three witnesses whose testimony had been doubted: Lucia dos Santos (known to the world as Lucy) and her cousins, Francisco and Jacinta Marto.

It is October 13, 1917...