Signs, Wonders, and Miracles

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    Miracle of the Sun Witnessed at Fatima Shrine in New Jersey

 Our Lady of Fatima


News Story by Loci B. Lenar

The World Apostolate of Fatima (USA) in cooperation with  EWTN,  televised a worldwide prayer service on Sunday, October 18, 2009 for the sanctity of life and peace.  It was estimated that millions of viewers would tune in and join with One World Praying for Life and Peace on this special occasion. 

Well over a thousand visitors came to celebrate by joining together in prayer at The Blue Army Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima.  The shrine is located on the grounds of the World Apostolate of Fatima at 674 Mountain View Road in Washington, New Jersey.

 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar

What began as a cold and breezy day at the Catholic shrine, ended with peace, as some visitors saw the sun emit or change colors.  I was fortunate to have my camera on hand and photographed the solar phenomena.


Photograph by Loci B. Lenar


Without reservation, I believe on this special day, Our Lady of Fatima acknowledged the prayers of the faithful for life and world peace by giving a sign to humanity through her divine son, Jesus Christ. 

Numerous visitors were blessed by Our Lord in order to witness the Miracle of the Sun.  I believe the sign is an affirmation of God's love for humanity.  I also believe the sign is intended to help evangelize the world through the gospels of Jesus Christ with the message of Our Lady of Fatima.

In John 12:46-47, Jesus said, "I came into the world as light, so that everyone who believes in me might not remain in darkness. And if anyone hears my words and does not observe them, I do not condemn him, for I did not come to condemn the world but to save the world."


                        Michael La Corte Speaks about Fatima

 Michael La Corte, Executive Director of the World Apostlate of Fatima (USA), spoke about the Fatima Message, and how the Miracle of the Sun was witnessed by over 70,000 people on October 13, 1917 in Fatima, Portugal.  For additional information about Our Lady of Fatima and the heaven sent message of 1917, which was communicated to Sister Lucia, I would suggest visiting the website of the World Apostolate of Fatima.   Michael La Corte also highlighted the noteworthy changes taking place in Russia since the collapse of the former Soviet Union.  Remarkably, in Kazan, Russia, all Muslims, Christians, and Catholics respect one another by living together in peace.  For additional information about their societal way of life, please visit the following link: Catholics, Orthodox and Muslims live peacefully together in Tatarstan
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

Guests included Diana von Glahn, she is the host for the new TV show The Faithful Traveler, airing on EWTN. The show will focus on churches and shrines throughout the USA.



Tony Melendez and his band performed a beautiful selection of inspirational songs of faith.  Tony was born without arms, but is gifted in playing a guitar with his feet.  He is a truly inspiring artist, especially when you listen to his outstanding vocals.  I recorded some video with my Canon G7 digital camera. The video is presented for the purpose of exhibiting the artistic talent of Tony Melendez.  Please click on the above video to hear his music.

The following excerpt is from Tony's website:

It was an unforgettable moment when, on September 15, 1987, he played his guitar for Pope John Paul II in Los Angeles. Born without arms, he performed a touching song entitled Never Be The Same. When the Pope approached him from the stage to kiss him in appreciation, it seemed to reflect the sentiments of the entire country.

Tony Melendez Ministries is dedicated to bringing compassion and hope to people throughout the world while inspiring and changing the hearts of all God's people.


                          Mass Celebrated During Prayer Service

Visitors at Holy Mass
Holy Mass was celerbrated with Father Clement Machado (front), and Father Andrew Apostoli (right).  The mass was a true blessing for anyone that attended ... very spiritual and uplifting. 

Father Apostoli later spoke about the Message of Fatima and reminded everyone that God sent the Blessed Mother to three shepherd children, Lucia dos Santos, and Jacinta and Francisco Marto to establish devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in order to help save souls from being lost.

Regarding secularism and the unborn, Father Apostoli said, "It's not a political battle, it's not a military battle, but a spiritual battle."   He said it's important to change the hearts of people by going to Our Lady in prayer for her intercessory help.  He also reminded everyone that through the power of prayer the Immaculate Heart of Mary will triumph in victory.  And, as Our Lady promised in Fatima, an era of peace will be granted to the world by God.
Regarding the sanctity of life, I must emphasize individual responsibility before considering the termination of a pregnancy by first reflecting on Psalm 139:13-16, which states,"You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother's womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! My very self you knew; my bones were not hidden from you, When I was being made in secret, fashioned as in the depths of the earth. Your eyes foresaw my actions; in your book all are written down; my days were shaped, before one came to be."
Psalm 127:3 states, "Children too are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb, a reward."

Please do not underestimate the power of prayer in changing circumstances into a favorable outcome.  With prayerful contemplation, let the Holy Spirit guide your heart.
In Mark 12:24-25, Jesus said, "Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions."
Father Apostoli also said that when God is ready to move forward, great things will happen. 

1Samuel 12:16 states, Now then, stand ready to witness the great marvel the Lord is about to accomplish before your eyes. 

I believe we are already at the stage where God is performing signs and wonders throughout the world in order to help move forward with an era of peace.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit with graces of salvation and healing, Jesus will transform the world. 


Artist Joe DeVito spoke about his work in creating the beautiful sculpture of Mary, Mother of the Life Within.  His artwork is refreshing and resonates with God's love.

                               Visitors Witness Solar Phenomena

 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
 Photo Courtesy of Maureen Therese Pinho
Photo Courtesy of Maureen Therese Pinho
 Photo Courtesy of Maureen Therese Pinho
 Photo Courtesy of Maureen Therese Pinho
Maureen Therese Pinho, a visitor to the shrine, also attended the prayer service with her children and a friend on Sunday.  She was kind enough to contact me through my website and supplied me with some images that were photographed by her at the shrine on October 18th.

Maureen said afterward, "My children and friend and I all saw the same thing with the sun spinning, changing colors, and pulsating as soon as the Hail Holy Queen was finished being recited" (The Holy Rosary).  Visitors were praying the rosary with Father Paul Ruge. 
Maureen is a parishioner of The Church of St. Michael, located in Netcong, New Jersey.

The photos of the solar phenomena are posted here for your discernment.

In John 8:12, the following is noted: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

May God the Father through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and Our Blessed Mother, usher in an era of peace by unifying all nations, religious denominations, and people with the Lord's divine love.
Please join in prayer for the Lord's blessing and mercy to enfold humanity and the unborn with God's grace of love in order for all to respect life.  Pray as well for world peace.
Thank you very much for the kind prayer support.
The information and photos that are posted in the article have been shared with my spiritual advisor, Father Richard Tartaglia of Saint Mary's Church, Denville, NJ.  The information has also been shared with Father Paul Ruge, the spiritual advisor of the World Apostolate of Fatima, USA. 
Copyright 2009 Loci B. Lenar

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