Of all the miracles of Jesus recorded in the Scriptures, only one is mentioned in all four Gospels. This is the Feeding of the Five Thousand (Matthew 14:13, Mark 6:30, Luke 9:10 and John 6:1). There were other occasions when Jesus provided for the hunger or thirst of a multitude, but all involved merely multiplying quantities of food or wine. For those who believe the Fatima fairy tales, Catholic Mary's spirit did something much more impressive.
Ghostly Mary's big day was August 19, 1917, when she made an unscheduled visit to the three Fatima kids as they were tending their flocks. At this time, the ghost told the children to:
Why do souls go to Hell? Is it because, since the Fall, we are born in sin and remain spiritually dead in sin unless and until we are saved by God's grace through faith in Jesus Christ?
So how are the lost spared the torments of Hell? According to this ghostly message, they can be saved by the prayers and sacrifices of the faithful. There is no doubting that intercessory prayer might move God to be merciful. Making sacrifices for the lost, however, is something else. It smacks of Old Testament rabbinical Judaism at best and paganism at worst. What sacrifices are we talking about here? Are we talking of hardships, such as the ghostly apparition mentioned during its first visit with the children? Or are we talking of building altars and sacrificing the blood and flesh of goats, calves, doves, grain, etc.? Or is it something more sinister, such as the bloody acts of flagellantes? Or weird and depraved acts such as practiced by mystics in the dark cloisters of convents and monasteries? Or perhaps darker deeds such as practiced by those who serve the Prince of this Age? Hard to tell what ghosts have in mind.
Then, the ghostly visitor told her little friends that the next time she came to them, she was going to bring some other spirits with her. This promised to be something so special as to make the feeding of the five thousand almost insignificant by comparison.
WIth that, the apparition lifted off in a cloud of light and vanished.
When the programmed date for the apparition's October visit arrived, some 70,000 people reportedly had gathered at the site, no doubt in hopes of getting a peek at all the spiritual celebrities they hoped would show up. Think about it. The spirit of Joseph, stepfather to the Catholic Jesus, would be there and he would be bringing someone special. The Catholic Jesus would be there in two forms, as the Holy Child and also as Lord. Wow! That's a really impressive miracle of multiplication but the ghostly figure had promised something just as impressive. She would be there as Our Lady of the Rosary and as Our Lady of Sorrows. Another miracle of multiplication.
At the appointed time, the spirit arrived with her entourage. At the conclusion of her chat with the kids, the ghostly figure pointed to the sun, which then put on a 12-minute light show for the crowd. This kept the crowd happy but the kids were treated to private show of their own.
Reads like something that one might see on the Sci-Fi Channel, doesn't it? As is the case with most apparitions involving Catholic faithful, no one but the visionaries ever get to see the ghostly visitor. Everyone else must rely on the chosen ones' accounts of what transpired. One wonders what happens to reason when excess piety and religious zeal combine to cause people to foresake the teaching of Scripture and the witness of their own senses and instead cling to the fanciful and unverifiable reports of mystics?
At this point, no doubt some will point to Hebrews 11:1 and mutter that " Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." The difference, of course, is that this teaching, and everything else in the Bible is the Word of God, validated by the witness of Christ Himself, or those closest to Him. Christ performed many miracles that, unlike the visits and conversations at Fatima and elsewhere, were acconmplished in the presence of doubters and believers alike. Miracles performed by the power of the Holy Spirit acting through prophets and Apostles were witnessed by great numbers, even thousands, as on the day of Pentecost. No secret vision only viewable by a few kids or other mystics. No, Sir. When Christ fed the five thousand, everyone held the miraculous food in their hands. When Christ resurrected Lazarus, it was done before a crowd of disbelievers.
Someone might point to the alleged miracle of the sun or to the wonder that everything around the apparition site at Fatima was woundrously made dry after a soaking rain. Sure. That's what the stupified who were present claimed, but show me a report of the events that originated with someone other than a Catholic zealot. Betcha can't do it. On the other hand, even those who hated Jesus and denied His divinity acknowledged the wonders that He did.
What it boils down to is this: Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation, or believe in the fantastic tales of mystics who see things the crowd never gets to see? I go along with the words of Joshua:
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