Sunday, August 12, 2012

The Beauty of Fatima, Portugal

                                     Our  Lady  of  Fatima

                Our Lady of Fatima was a name given to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
                   Three shepherd children reported seeing apparitions of  the 
                       Blessed Mary on the 13th day of the month for six consecutive 
                         months in 1917.   Three secrets were revealed to these
                                          visionaries during the six months.

The beautiful arches of the Basilica 
Construction began in 1928 and was consecrated in October 1953.
Basilica of Fatima
This shrine attracts 1 million followers from May 13 to October 13 each year.

                                     The inside of the sanctuary is peaceful where you can
                                                              sit in silence and pray.

                                 A place for people who seek healing to meditate and pray.  
                             Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you.  John 14:27

Thousands of people come from around the world to Fatima.
Over 1 million during the 6 months of May to October

                                                   Lucia dos Santos with her 2 cousins 
                                                        Francisco and Jacinta Marto
            These poor Shepard children reported the apparitions of the Blessed Mary over a 
     6 month period  in 1917 . The 3 secrets were revealed to them about the world.

                                               Newspaper articles published in 1917

                                                   All 3 are buried inside the basilica 

Jacinta and Francisco died when they were children.
Lucia became a nun and lived a very long life of service.
Sister Lucia 
She became a recluse in 1948. She served under the order of the Carmelite Sisters.
Loucia dos Santos died February 13, 2005 at the age of 97

                                                          Sanctuary of Fatima                             
                                                     Candles and incense are lit 

                                                Prayers are offered up by the believers
Chapel of Apparitions was built where the 3 children saw  the 
apparitions at Fatima.
Believers actually crawl on their knees to reach this area of prayer and healing.

One of the stones in the crown of  the Blessed Mary is the actual bullet 
removed from Pope John Paul II
      in May 1981, during an assassination attempt that critically wounded him.

I submitted 2 pages of prayer request given to me by  my friends and family from the
United States to
Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. The beauty of this is you do not have to be Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical, Buddhist, Hindu or any other formal religion to make your prayer request. 

You just have to believe in miracles.

Fatima,   my Belles Choses, my beautiful things

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