The 365 docobites crew wonder whether miracles really do happen when they meet Daniel in Fatima, Portugal…
There are energies we can’t explain
How do we explain things that can’t be explained?
Has anything ever happened in your life, that for a second, has made you question your perspective on reality? Something that appeared magically or spiritually that put a halt to your cynicism and caused you to delve into the possibility that magic, or someone/something is out there and is bigger than you?
This week’s feature docobite is from Daniel, who shares a story about faith, freedom and miracles.
We met him at Fatima, the religious mecca of Portugal. It is such a significantly spiritual place to the Catholics of this country because it was at Fatima that a “miracle” occurred in 1917. It started with three little shepherds who were visited by the Virgin Mary on the 13th of every month. She asked them to keep it a secret, but the young boy shepherd told a few people and the three were arrested because everyone thought they were lying. The three little shepherds asked the Virgin Mary to appear for everyone else as well, so they would be freed. So on the May 13, 1917, some 7,000 pilgrims gathered at Fatima.
“It was pouring with rain and just as everyone was about to leave, the rain stopped and the sun grew closer to the earth with intense heat and dried everyone’s clothes almost instantly. There is no scientific explanation for what happened and there were so many witnesses to the event.”
As a non-believer myself, I was finding it hard to rationalise the events of that day and so I asked Daniel whether he was religious himself. He replied, “No, I am not. I think there are energies we can’t explain, like the wind, but it doesn’t mean it’s spiritual, they are just parallel to us.”
He did, however, agree that it is dumbfounding. That with so much proof and no real explanation for what happened that day, there very well might be something bigger at play; the three little shepherds could have been right.
It’s nice, for a moment, to have a glimpse into what that faith in God might look like, but putting religion aside, it seems that something magical did occur that day. So whether you call it a miracle, God or the wind, take a moment to revel in the lapse of cynicism and the feeling of wonderment.
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