Hello dear readers! It is time for post #8 of my adventures in Fátima!
It was a fairly low-key day today. For the first time in over a week I was able to sleep in! I went down for breakfast around 9:30 and hung around my room for a bit getting some things done. I then headed out to the piazza and the Basilica of Our Lady of Fátima for prayer. After checking out a couple of places, I returned to my hotel room where I started to do some tidying up in preparation for my departure on Wednesday (hard to believe the end is near). I made a live Facebook video feed of my hotel room with commentary. It is removed now, so if any of my friends are looking for it, the video is no longer available.
Around 4:40 p.m. I headed out to the Archives where I had a meeting. It went longer than anticipated and I thought another meeting had been missed. Turns out the second meeting was tomorrow evening! The schedule can change at the drop of a dime, it appears….
I stopped off at Pingo Doce to get dinner and have been back in my hotel room ever since. There is, tonight, a Rosary Procession, one of the last before I have to go….
It is painful to leave Fátima. Last week around this time I was just grateful to think that I had several days, but now it is drawing to a close. I was talking today with a pilgrim from San Antonio, Texas. She asked me what draws me to Fátima. The question made me think and I answered as I thought best.
The heart of Fátima is about conversion. Heaven held out the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady as a path to lead us to God in our troubled times. The story is refreshing and the deeper I study it, the simpler things become. A beautiful commentary is created, heaven’s thinking on the 20th century, and it deserves further study.
Alas, let me not be sentimental. That is all for this update. Please pray for safe travels!