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St. Joseph, Fatima and Fatherhood: Reflections on the Miracle of the Sun

by Cirrincione

On October 13, 1917, just before the great "Miracle of the Sun" was manifested to some 70,000 spectators at Fatima, Portugal, there appeared to the three child-visionaries an unusual scene. To the right of the sun, they saw the Blessed Virgin Mary robed in white with a blue mantle. Standing to the left of the sun was St. Joseph holding the Child Jesus, both blessing the world.
Monsignor Joseph A. Cirrincione is the author of several small spiritual booklets on Fatima, including The Rosary and the Crisis of FaithThe Forgotten Secret of FatimaSt. Joseph, Fatima and Fatherhood, and Fatima\'s Message for Our Times. For many years, he earnestly prayed for the beatification of Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Plagued with serious health problems and even sent to the hospital a few times, Monsignor Cirrincione faithfully commended himself to the Fatima children in the early 1990s, when he suffered from heart trouble. He was later healed, and he made a pilgrimage to Fatima as an act of thanksgiving, where he learned the children had been declared venerable.