Triskaidekaphobia and October 13: the Message of Our Lady of Fatima and of Akita

Triskaidekaphobia is the fear of the number 13 or three (tris)  and (kai) ten (deka).  In a short while, the Monk’s Hobbit blog will reach its 13,000 th visitor since I started seriously blogging a day after my last year’s birthday: November 4.  November is the 11th month in our present calendar.  But November comes from nona meaning nine, as in nonagon, a polygon with nine angles (or sides).  November 4 is therefore 9 + 4 = 13.  Julius Augustus Caesar inserted July and August, so September, October, November, and December are moved by two months from their original position of being the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th months, respectively.  I was born in the year 1975.  This may be broken down into 19 and 75.  But 1 + 9 = 10, while 7 + 5 = 12 and 1 + 2 = 3.  Thus, 10 and 3 gives 13.

No, I am not superstitious.  I am only mentioning thirteen because Our Lady of Fatima appeared every 13th of the month from May to October of 1917.  Interestingly, 1917 may be reduced to 19 + 1 – 7 = 13.  Also, May is the 5th month and October is 8th month (without July and August).  So 5 + 8 = 13.  In mathematics, 5, 8, and 13 are the numbers in the Fibonacci series: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34….  Add the two consecutive digits to get the next digit: 1 + 1 = 2, 1 +2 = 3, 2 + 3 = 5, 3 + 5 = 8, and 5 + 8 = 13.

October the 13th is coming, which is the Anniversary of the Last Apparition in Fatima.  According to Christopher A. Ferrara of the Fatima Network (May 8, 2009), the rumored missing third secret of Fatima is essentially the same as that of Akita:

In my book I show that the former Cardinal Ratzinger, who conferred face-to-face with Bishop Ito in Rome concerning the Akita apparitions, told Howard Dee, the former Philippines Ambassador to the Vatican, that the Message of Fatima and the Message of Akita are “essentially the same.” But here is what Our Lady told Sister Sasagawa on October 13, 1973, the very anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima:

“As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms that will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. Each day recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the pope, the bishops, and the priests.

“The work of the devil will infiltrate even the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres…churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromise and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. The demon will be especially implacable against souls consecrated to God. The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of My sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them.

So let us put our fear of the number thirteen in a more religious perspective and pray everyday the Holy Rosary.


About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

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