Fatima in lucias own words
Fatima in Lucias Own Words by Lucia of Fatima*warning - long rambling review about faith, miracles, and suffering*
FATIMA: IN LUCIAS OWN WORDS is a bit out of my normal reading habits. I prefer fantasy and science fiction as well as books on physics. However, my father passed last year and I was in a very morbid mood where I wanted to seek some form of comfort to deal with his loss as well as all the people Ive also lost.
For the most part, the sources I turned to didnt help with the situation but made it progressively worse. Im a religious person by nature but also a scientist and those are never entirely an apt fit because one is based on belief and skepiticsm. Ignore the issue of everything else (you could make a religion out of the perfection of mathematics for example) but thats the real reason theyll never have entirely comfortable roles.
One element which argues for the existence of god is the argument from miracles. Which is, simply put, we know God exists because there are miraculous events spread throughout the world. Many chronicled and tied to Christianity as well as tested by the Catholic Church. Some have been disproven like the Shroud of Turin (weird as it may be) while others are far more inexplicable like the healing of Sister Marie Simon Pierre of Parkisons disease or the overnight healing of Gilson Vargheses club foot.
Richard Dawkins famously put down the Lourdes miracle by pointing out only 67 miracles had occurred there despite millions of pilgrims, ignoring the 67 miracles had to be instantaneous, untreated, lasting, and complete versus many more who suffered other forms of relief. More like 7,000 miracles have been set up for investigation and millions more lesser effects have been claimed, even if they could put under the placebo.
The Fatima miracles are among the more famous of miracles with three Portuguese shepherd children receiving multiple visits from the Virgin Mary and an unnamed angel. They were told of the end of World War 1, the beginning of World War 2, the rise of communism in Russia, and (at least according to one interpretation) the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II. 70,000 witnesses saw the dancing of the sun as the final manifestation of their encounter. Much of Europe was also illuminated by another of their predictions (seemingly?) coming to pass.
Two of the children, Fransisco and Jacinta, would go on to die horrible deaths at a young age during the Spanish Flu epidemic. Lucia Marto, however, became a nun and lived until 2005. This amusingly led to the Catholic Church going to her several times whenever the Fatima Prophecies were interpreted by the public or in a controversial way such as when the Eastern Orthodox Church talked about them a secret plot to convert Russia to Catholicism--which she denied at the time. Lucia, before she died, was asked to put her experience to pen and talk about the events which would follow.
This is a hard book to review because it is about some fairly bleak subject matter. The children were arrested by the Portuguese government and were threatened numerous times with being killed, including by two soldiers who debated shooting them and dumping them in a ditch to stop their disruption to the state (in front of them no less). The children are disbelieved by and embarrass their parents. They also receive a vision of hell and are told of the importance of suffering as well as sacrifice to achieve the redemption of the world. Lucia, the groups sole survivor, spends most of her life not speaking and practicing her unworthiness before God.
This is not the squishy feel good bubblegum fiction interpretation of God you can buy in the grocery store. Perhaps that makes it more honest. Its also weirdly disconcerting as despite her horrific experiences, Sister Lucia is incredibly upbeat. The misery described by her letters reaches Lemony Snickett levels but she never shows anything but gratefulness as well as happiness for the chance to suffer for the Lord.
Why do I give the book a 4 instead of a 5? Its something of a odd duck because while the opening of the work explains the Fatima prophecies, it doesnt quite give us much context to Lucias situation or the environment. Its mostly her reminiscences on the miracles, her lost family, and what followed. The narrative is a bit disjointed as this is an almost hundred year old woman reflecting on events versus a professional writer or researcher. She also points out shes never been a prophetess and can only relate what she heard and experienced.
Did the book restore my faith? Not really but it did remind me I perhaps never lost it. One could easily interpret Sister Lucias story in the context of children with overactive imaginations and some mass hysteria/suggestion with some lucky coincidences. I choose not to, however. I also do take comfort from this book that Sister Lucias love and faith came from a place which was deeply tested and happy in the face of misery rather than in denial of it. I like to think shes with my father and others like her now.
Fatima in Lucia's Own Words
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