Ninety-five years ago today, three young girls in Fatima, Portugal, along with tens of thousands of others witnessed a great miracle we know as the Miracle of the Sun. For those who are not familiar with this miracle, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to these three young girls three separate times, saying that she would reveal her identity and give a sign so that all would come to believe. I cannot even begin to fathom what the people there were experiencing emotionally, physically, and even spiritually. The one thing I do believe is that God gives us miracles every day. Most are just small in comparison to the Fatima miracle, yet they are just as important, just as meaningful. Look around at the miracle of creation the next time you walk outside; from the smallest of ants to the largest of trees and everything in between. I see His miracles every time I look into my children’s eyes. These are just some of miracles that God gives all of us as living proof of His love for us.
Later on this morning, I will be attending an event at the Athenaeum of Ohio called Parrhesia. The mission of this conference is “to inspire young adults to boldly proclaim their Catholic faith in word and deed – and in doing so, to inspire others to take another look at the faith they once knew.” (boldcatholicnow.com) Looking up the term Parrhesia, one would find that it is a noun meaning the act of speaking boldly and with courage. The definition itself as well as its mission statement calls to mind, for me, the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles on Pentecost. It was at this moment that they were able to find their courage to get up and spread the message of Jesus.
Just as those 12 at Pentecost immediately converted 5,000 onlookers, which now have become more than 2 billion worldwide today; just as the predictions of the three young girls came true at Fatima along with the onlookers who came to believe that day, which now thousands each year make a pilgrimage to; just as the small gathering of young Catholics today at this conference are coming to become inspired through the teachings, given to us through the Holy Spirit, to answer the call to continue spreading the message of Jesus – that’s a miracle!
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