Our Journey to Fatima
Trip Start Mar 01, 2014
45Trip End Apr 05, 2014
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Only Lucinda heard the "Secret of Fatima", who spoke to her on the last appearance. The first part of the secret was a vision of hell; the second was of a War worse than World War I. The third part, a vision of a papal assassination. When Pope John Paul II visited Fatima in 2000, this part of the secret was revealed to the world. The bullet from the attempted assassination of John Paul in 1981 now lies within the crown of the Virgin, a statue that stands where the children were when they saw her, the tree still stands, surrounded by fencing to protect it.
It is an impressive place. The esplanade is twice the size of St. Peter's Square in Rome. There are people around but as you can see by my photo we feel quite alone. An emotional sight is the lighting of candles and prayers. Tony and Mike light a candle. You can't help a moment of silence. There are those that come here who want to be healed. Very difficult for me was the wax limbs (and wax other body parts, every possible body part) available to burn, for those hoping for a miracle performed by the Virgin.
There are worshippers who in a deep, deep grasp of emotion and faith, drop to their knees in thanks as they reach the esplanade and continue walking on their knees to the tree and encircle the area of the sighting. Others do the same for briefer moments of time. The young man in a Friars cloak and bare feet makes me cry.
The Casa de Lucia is a modern church. It stands in front of me with a very modern rusted iron sculpture of Jesus on the cross to its left
In this Church you smiled, ear to ear. In the other you became somber. I know I was not alone in this feeling as others, especially those of our generation felt it too. You saw it.
The Church bells rang loud and clear across the esplanade. Everyone was welcome to come and be a Pilgrim. If you go to Fatima, you are making a very worthy pilgrimage.