Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding.

I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop...
It was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.


Thursday, 13 October 2011

The Miracle of the Sun


Today is the anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima in 1917 and I am sharing an advertisement I received today from that excellent organisation Aid to the Church in Need about the latest film about the Fatima apparitions. I have not so far seen this film, although I did successfully recommend it for the DVD loan collection of the Oxford Union Library.

Aid to the Church in Need is pleased to offer the inspiring film Fatima The 13th Day - A Story of Hope at a bargain price!

Written and directed by Ian and Dominic Higgins, the film retells the story of the young seers at Fatima, bringing alive the events of May to October in 1917.

On this day 94 years ago, people descended on the Cova da Iria in Portugal to witness a miracle - known as the Miracle of the Sun - that the children had been told to preach by Blessed Mary.

Many pilgrims went barefooted, reciting the Rosary as they went, when the miracle occured as promised.

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster called the award-winning film "a remarkable re-telling of the story of Fatima... I believe that many will be deeply touched by the film."

Fatima The 13th Day - A Story of Hope DVD. Photo: Aid to the Church in Need

Fatima has a special connection with Aid to the Church in Need, as the charity was consecrated to Our Lady of Fatima by its founder, Father Werenfried van Straaten.

Available at a bargain price of just £15.99 plus P&P - get your copy now!


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