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Fatima Miracle: Shielded from death

 

This incredible story is about Father Hubert Schiffer, who was 30 years old when the atomic bomb exploded right over his head at Hiroshima. He not only survived, but lived a healthy life for another 33 years.


black and white photograph of an aerial view of Hiroshima, with a church in the foreground Early on August 6, 1945, a lone American B-29 bomber circled over Hiroshima. The unsuspecting inhabitants on the ground barely glanced at the plane, unaware of the deadly load it was about to unleash on them, ushering in the atomic age with unimaginable death and destruction. As one single bomb neared the ground, a city died in an instant. Amongst the unsuspecting inhabitants of Hiroshima was Fr. Schiffer, a Jesuit missionary assisting the many Catholics of that city.

That morning, he had just finished Mass and sat down at the breakfast table when there was a bright flash of light. “Suddenly, a terrible explosion filled the air with one bursting thunder stroke.” Fr. Schiffer said. “An invisible force lifted me from the chair, hurled me through the air, shook me, battered me, whirled me round and round like a leaf in a gust of autumn wind.” He awoke and found himself on the ground. He looked around, and saw there was nothing left in any direction: the railroad station and buildings in all directions were gone. Yet, the only harm to him was a few slight cuts in the back of his neck from shards of glass. As far as he could tell, there was nothing else physically wrong with him.  

 

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The small community of Jesuits to which Fr. Schiffer belonged lived in a house near the parish church, situated only eight blocks from the center of the blast. When Hiroshima was destroyed by the atomic bomb, all eight members of the small Jesuit community escaped unscathed, while every other person within a radius of one-and-a-half kilometers from ground zero died immediately.

The house where the Jesuits lived was still standing, while buildings in every direction from it were leveled. How did this group of men survive a nuclear blast that killed everyone else, even people over ten times farther away from the blast? It is absolutely unexplainable by scientific means. An interesting detail is that this group of Catholic clergy was made up of ardent enthusiasts of the Message of Fatima. Was their fidelity to Our Lady rewarded by this stupendous miracle of their survival?

Statue of Our Lady of FatimaIn both Hiroshima and Nagasaki the survivors were Catholic religious. Most other buildings were leveled to the ground, even at three times the distance, but in both cases their houses stood – even with some windows intact! All other people, barring a handful of scattered mutilated survivors, died instantly. Those within a radius ten times the distance of the Jesuits from the explosion were exposed to fierce radiation and died within days. 

After the American conquest of Japan, U.S. army doctors explained to Fr. Schiffer that his body would soon begin to deteriorate because of the radiation. To the doctors’ amazement, Fr. Schiffer’s body showed no signs of radiation or ill effects from the bomb. All who were at this range from the epicenter should have received enough radiation to be dead within a matter of minutes. Scientists examined the group of Hiroshima Jesuits over 200 times during the next 30 years and no ill effects were ever found.    

The Jesuits say: “We believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that house.”

Fr. Schiffer feels that he received a protective shield from the Blessed Virgin, which protected him from all radiation and ill effects. Fr. Schiffer attributes this to his devotion to Our Lady, and his daily Fatima Rosary: “In that house the Holy Rosary was recited together every day.” Secular scientists are dumbfounded and incredulous at his explanation. They are sure there is some "real" explanation. However, over 70 years later, scientists still have not been able to explain it. 

From a scientific standpoint, what happened to those Jesuits at Hiroshima still defies all the laws of physics. It must be concluded that some other force was present; some force whose power to transform energy and matter as it relates to humans is beyond our comprehension.

 

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From the Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori.

In the mountainous region of Trent in Germany, there lived a notorious robber who made his living by bringing misfortune on others. 

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