Today we have two videos because it was such a rich day. Video No. 1 covers our start with a great breakfast and enjoying each other’s company, going to the parish church of the Fatima children where we prayed and discussing their spiritual lives. We also saw the tombs of the family in the local cemetery.
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Then we went to the village of Aljustrel where the children lived and we walked through their homes which have been preserved as they were 100 years ago. They even had sheep there for people to get a feel for these children as shepherds.
We had a great blessing – meeting Lucia’s niece and we all got to pray with her and talk with her. We also saw the places where the angels appeared to the children.
Then we walked up into the mountain where the Blessed Virgin appeared to the children and asked them to pray and make sacrifices. A little beyond that we stopped at the place where the angel gave the children the Blessed Sacrament. It was a very moving time up on the side of the mountain to imagine 100 years ago an angel bringing the Body and Blood of Jesus to these little shepherd children.
After an excellent lunch and time for shopping I ended the first video.
Video No. 2 started with our tour of the Fatima shrine and Mass at the very place where 70,000 people saw the sun dance in 1917.
Then we went into the shrine church of Fatima to visit the tombs of the three children of Fatima. Even though the church is under construction and renovation we were able to see the tombs.
After that everyone has three hours free to pray, go to confession, shop, rest and to find a wonderful café or place to eat dinner. The seafood in Portugal is fantastic and there are a lot of nice restaurants in Fatima to choose from.
At 9:00 PM we re-gathered for the Fatima procession with the statue of our Lady. The Pilgrims processed around Fatima with candles and the Statue of our Lady of Fatima.
Very nice time – and then we all went to bed ready for another busy day tomorrow driving to Avila in Spain. Stay tuned!