As the 100th anniversary of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three shepherd children in Fatima is only days away, my strong memory of actually visiting the spot becomes ever stronger.
Last year my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Fatima. As I stepped down from the bus, I felt an overwhelming sense of peace despite the fact that we were surrounded by other pilgrims. Tour operators trying to corral their charges, buses coming and going and the hum of whispers did not detract from my sensing that we were in the presence of something very special. I broke away from our group to what I knew was a once in a lifetime experience.
As I stopped to purchase my devotional candles and placed it amongst the multitude of candles already burning brightly, I made my way to the outdoor chapel where she had appeared. I sat down in the back row and gazed upon the spot where she had appeared. It wasn't until I got up after what seemed to be only moments, as time seemed to have stood still, that I realized tears had been rolling down my cheeks. I can't explain why or how, I just know that I was overcome by peace.
I know it is not possible for everyone to visit Fatima, but we all can in our own way pray to our Blessed Mother.
On the weekend where all mothers are honored, a very happy Mother’s Day to all.