Well, we're back from Fatima after a wonderful week. I had to be carried kicking and screaming to the airplane, as I usually do it's so hard to leave. You were all remembered in prayer, dear readers, and your intentions remembered in a Mass I offered at the Capelinha, the Chapel of Apparitions.
We had a wonderful time of prayer, candlelight processions, visits to the holy places around the town and further afield to Lisbon (the house of St Anthony) and the Eucharistic Miracle of Santarem. We also got to visit Coimbra for Mass in the monastery where Sr Lucia lived most of her religious life, and to the tomb of St Elizabeth of Portugal, my first visit, but which was a little disappointing as it is very run down.
All the talk of the sanctuary was of a "miracle" of the sun which took place last month, on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. After the Solemn Mass, images of Blessed John Paul were being broadcast over the square to celebrate his beatification, when the sun changed and became like a large host with a halo around it. Many of you may have heard about it, but here in Ireland we heard nothing - our media would not tend to be interested in such celestial happenings. When visiting the Dominican sisters of Perpetual Rosary they confirmed it: they saw it from their cloister. Apparently the phenomenon lasted three hours. Here are some videos so you can see for yourself. The first is the moment when the "miracle" was first seen, the last, Portugese television's report: