“When you see a night illumined by an unknown light, know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father.”
–Our Lady of Fatima
July 13, 1917
(Fatima in Lucia’s Own Words I:124)
On July 13, 1917, Our Lady predicted to the three seers of Fatima that there would be an unknown light that would illumine the sky. This sign, she further said, was to indicate that God was about to punish the world for its crimes.
Eighty years ago this year, on the night of January 25, 1938, Sr. Lucia (then Sr. Dores with the Dorothean Sisters) watched as the night sky over Europe was lit up with what was called by professionals and others an “aurora borealis.” She believed this event to fulfill Our Lady’s prophecy and to herald the coming of what we call today World War II.
In my research on Fatima over the years, I have discovered that there has been some debate about this event. Sr. Lucia herself, I once read, indicated that the phenomenon from 1938 was not normal and that if people were to investigate, they would discover this to be so. The debate had never been fully satisfied to the best of my knowledge/recollection and so it remains an open discussion among the scientific community (both physical scientists as well as some theologians and historians).
Today, however, I have learned of a new celestial phenomenon that offers some perspective to the debate, especially by way of re-thinking solar phenomena and our understanding of them.
For some years now, photographers have documented and reported on a different type of celestial phenomenon that is similar to an aurora borealis, but is not quite the same. This phenomenon, known as “STEVE” (Strong Thermal Emissions Velocity Enhancement) is being studied by the scientific community. The particulars of the phenomenon I leave for the readers to research.
For my part, I would like to bring a greater awareness of the STEVE phenomenon in relation to Fatima.
God is a God of many wonders and His creation is vast. The human mind is finite and is set on a path of constant wonder, awe and exploration. We seem to discover something new every day. The discovery and continuing study of the STEVE phenomenon is a strong indicator that we must always be open to the wonders God has established in His creation.
As the above relates to Fatima, Sr. Lucia had some notable opposition to her interpretation of the 1938 phenomenon. As we see in STEVE, there is more to God’s creation than we know. This fact should give us pause as we consider and evaluate the 1938 phenomenon.