Monday, October 19, 2009

The 13th Day Is the Finest Retelling of the Fatima Miracle

Tribulation Times


October 20, 2009   

(Rev 6:9-11) And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (Holy and True), dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given to every one of them one; And it was said to them that they should rest for a little time till their fellow servants and their brethren, who are to be slain even as they, should be filled up.

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER REVIEW:  The 13th Day Is the Finest Retelling of the Fatima Miracle

EXCERPT FAITH & FAMILY: The new Fatima movie, The 13th Day, lives up to the hype we heard all summer. It leaves older film versions in the dust in terms of cinematic artistry and special effects. Directors Ian and Dominic Higgins were illustrators before they were film makers, and it shows. Each shot looks like something one could frame and hang on a wall.

Most of the movie is done in black and white—color only blooms across the screen during each apparition. The absence of color makes the more primal light and darkness jump out at the viewer. The directors make almost constant use of close up shots — expecting us to read in the faces of the characters what the startling and disconcerting events at the Cova da Iria were doing to them.

The miracle of the sun is depicted perfectly: it matches eyewitness descriptions more accurately than any other movie version.  And here's a first: the vision of the "third secret" (that involved Pope John Paul II) is depicted on film for the first time.

After limited theatrical release on October 13th,  the film will be available for smaller group screenings at parishes and schools. (Check out The 13th Day if you want to find a showing or host one yourself). After that, the DVD will be available for purchase from Ignatius Press.

I have a feeling that this film will be a "Catholic classic" for many years to come.

Dave: Tonight, October 13th, I was fortunate to see a screening of the new movie on Fatima, "The 13th Day" in Arlington, Texas. The movie ran about 90 minutes.

It is well done; the producers did well with the cinematography in mixing the regular scenes in black and white with Our Lady appearances in color.

I would recommend that people would first acquaint themselves a little bit with the state of the world at the time of the apparitions before seeing the movie.

World War I had been ongoing with no end in sight for three years. To some, it looked like it would go on forever without resolution. America had just declared war on Germany on Good Friday, 1917 (April 6th) but American troops would not see real action until October 20th, a week after the miracle of the sun.

Russia was in turmoil but the Communists had not yet come to power.

Amidst all of this, Pope Benedict the 15th implored Our Lady to intercede with God and on May 5th, 1917, he inserted the invocation "Queen of Peace" in the Litany of Loreto.

Heaven answered the Pope's call 8 days later on Sunday, May 13th in a backwater village we now know as Fatima.

The movie pulls you in to the events of Fatima and the struggles and sacrifices that the three shepherd children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta and their families make during this time.

Of course, in our time, the "Fatima clock" is still running. Perhaps, the vision of Hell and the Miracle of the Sun are intertwined. For if the Miracle of the Sun represents nuclear war, then how many souls would be lost to Hell in an instant of nuclear holocaust with no time to express remorse to their God?

The sun came to earth in 1945 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Will it come to earth again? And if it does, have we prepared our souls?

Ladder of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 23- "On mad pride and unclean, blasphemous thought"

23. A monk is he who calls his enemies to combat like wild beasts, and provokes them as they flee from him.   

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