Fátima Trip 2017-1

Hello Everyone! I hope that you are doing well!

It was a great few days in Boston visiting family and friends. I arrived Wednesday afternoon (1 hour flight delay into Boston due to “ground construction”). As this was more of a personal trip, I would rather not discuss the details. It suffices to say that it was a great time. I will have one more go of good old Bean-town on June 28th. If there is anyone that can put me up overnight and get me to and from Logan airport, please contact me!

I did take the obligatory picture of me in front of a Dunkin’ Donuts when I arrived at Logan on Wednesday. For those who are from Massachusetts, no explanation is necessary. No, fellow LCHF-folk, I did not stop and get a donut!!

I arrived in Fátima around 1:30 p.m. local time. (+5 hours from Eastern). There was a nice religious sister from an order associated with Cluny that helped me and another gentlemen make sure that we got to where we were going. Thank you, Sister! That first stop was the hotel. This time, I slept a little bit on on the plane, though not by much. It helped to get me through some events.

The first event was trying to figure out my room. Apparently, there is a system with a key-card that allows all the lights to work. Yeah, it felt awkward to make an inquiry at the reception desk. Once that was resolved, I was able to freshen up a bit. I then went over to the Sanctuary and was able to meet with two members of the SESDI team that helped me last year for the research on On the Third Part of the Secret of Fátima. They are such good people, and they do not want to be named.

Next, I went over to visit with a friend. I ended up being at his place for a few hours. Holy Mass was at 6:30 p.m. so I fought past the tiredness and went on ahead. Afterward, I made a couple of phone calls to let people know that I was alright. I was going to stay for the Rosary procession tonight, but decided to walk back to my hotel as I am not long for the rest of this day. The heat is troublesome, but has cooled down this evening. The fires in Pedrógão Grande are not expected to reach Fátima.

The Thinking Fatima Congress is still scheduled. The first day is when I am delivering my paper On Imaginary Visions in the Theological Commentary of Cardinal Ratzinger. The scheduled time is 5:30 p.m. (local time). I may try to live stream the presentation through Facebook. If you are friends with me on this social media platform, make sure to tune in! Unlike last time, I am unable to post the paper here on my web site as it might be selected for inclusion with a collection of other papers from the Congress. The paper critiques the criticisms of Ratzinger’s statement on images that Sr. Lúcia “may have seen in devotional books.”

Well, that’s about it for now. Please pray for me and I will be praying for you!


P.S. There is a several hour time difference here with WordPress and my posts. It is still June 19th as I write this, but the post will read as the 20th.