On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima
Kevin J. Symonds, M.A.
This presentation was delivered at the 24th International Mariological Congress held in Fátima, Portugal
as a part of the English speaking workshop on September 8, 2016 A.D., In Festo Nativitatis B.V.M.
Good afternoon: Very reverend Fathers, religious brothers and sisters, ladies and gentlemen, esteemed colleagues and devotees of Our Blessèd Lady. It is truly an honor to be with you at this prestigious Conference in Fátima—the place blessed by Our Lady’s presence nearly 100 years ago. I hope that you find the talk to be thought-provoking and challenging. Our topic, On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima, is written from the heart but with scholarly perspective.
Much mystery, suspense, intrigue and sensational speculation have surrounded the third part of the secret for several decades. Regretfully, these issues have caused discussions on the overall secret to become mired in seemingly endless controversy, resulting in an utterly tragic misunderstanding of Our Lady’s message. In the light of the upcoming centenary of Fátima, I intend in this paper briefly to make some observations concerning these distortions. Let us begin by pointing out the present status quaestionis of the discussions.
Hi Everyone! I made it home to Waco in one piece. Having a good night’s sleep prior to my flight at 10:45 a.m. helped to make things go a lot more smoothly. I am experiencing jet-lag as I woke up at 3:30 a.m. (central) and have been unable to go back to sleep. At least now I can start getting my blog posts in order before I start my day.
Waco is only “home” for a few more hours. I accepted a job in Wisconsin last month and am moving there tomorrow. I am driving 17+ hours with a friend to do so, and I wonder how well I am going to hold up after being in Fátima for a week.
I will post more information as it becomes available. Please continue to pray for safe travels.
This post was originally written on September 10. I was unable to post it at that time.
Hi Everyone! I am in Lisbon this evening where I am staying overnight at a hotel. My flight leaves early Sunday morning and there was a concern that I would miss the flight if I stayed in Fátima overnight. I heard some Italians were leaving early in the morning, but decided against asking around. My current plan was viable and it seemed pointless to change it around.
This post was originally written on September 9. I was unable to post it at that time.
Hi Everyone! It is hard to believe that I have been in Fátima nearly a week already! I have absolutely no idea where the time has gone, but I know it has gone by quickly.
The Congress is going very well, though there was a slight hiccup today. Some unauthorized literature was being distributed. I understand that the Sanctuary authorities were quickly notified.
Hi Everyone! Another day and another blog post from Fátima! It has been an eventful two days since my last post. I will not go into all of the details, but will give a basic run-down.
Hi Everyone! I hope that you are doing well! I have just about completed my first full day here in Fátima. I am happy to report that all is going well, though I did have to cancel going up to Porto for a mini-pilgrimage.
I am safe in Fatima. Will write more later.