Tomorrow is the centennial of the first miracle at Fatima. I was going to summarize everything you need to know, but the good folks at CNA did it for me: Everything you need to know about Fatima.
Our family will be starting our annual summer road trip that day, and at first I was disappointed that I would not be able to celebrate the occasion the way I had envisioned. Then I got over it, and realized that traveling on this most special anniversary of Our Lady had some advantages, namely I have a willing but captive audience.
Although we have never done the family rosary on the road thing before, tomorrow we are going to try it out. I’m still looking for an audio rosary to download, and there are so many good ones to choose from … I’ll let you know which one we use and how we liked it.
We’re also planning on watching Liberating the Continent in our hotel room tomorrow night.
We’re all history buffs and especially love stories about the fall of communism. I have a particular devotion to John Paul the Great, so I am really looking forward to it. I love learning about the Third Message from Fatima and its connection to Pope John Paul II, and that plays a key role in this movie. I actually saw the first half last week when I was on retreat with the Dominican Sisters, and it was incredibly well done.
(Cool coincidence: I had my phone off while watching this movie, because “retreat”, and just before I went to bed, I turned my phone back on and checked my email. While I had been watching the movie, my husband – who is not Catholic – sent me an article about this book. Which is crazy, because we had never discussed it, had not been talking about JPII recently, and I hadn’t even mentioned Fatima or my plans to mark the anniversary with the family. Very cool. And for the record, I think coincidences, or things we perceive to be coincidences, are the Holy Spirit on the move. So super-duper cool.
Here’s a link to the article in The American Spectator about the book that he sent me.)
I also recently picked up this book, Fatima Mysteries, on a recent trip to our local Catholic bookstore (which we are so blessed to have close by.)
I am itching to sit down and pour over the pages, but I don’t think it will happen until we get home. It’s absolutely gorgeous, but I am reluctant to take it on the road with us because I don’t want it to get banged up too much.
The same authors did an amazing job with Guadalupe Mysteries, which I picked up last year and have really enjoyed. The photography is beautiful and is a wonderful resource to have on hand. Highly recommend both of these books.
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