After Lourdes and Santiago de Compostela, we all felt a long bus ride to Lisboa is nothing just to spend next day’s morning in Fatima. As it happened, we had a fantastic & chaotic first night in Lisbon — it being the eve of the San Antonio Festival. And we were blessed with a fun, competent van driver cum tour guide for this day trip.
Fatima is the site where Mother Mary appeared to 3 children: Francesco, Jacinta and Lucia every 13th of the month from May to October 1917. The apparition site is now called the Chapel of Apparitions from where we joined a Marian procession.
The Miracle of the Sun witnessed by 70,000 pilgrims happened here. Lucia outlived both Francisco and Jacinta — who died soon after the Apparition — became a nun and lived till 2005. I honestly cannot imagine Lucia’s life after the apparitions. A nun’s life seems to be the only option. Neither can I imagine a life being entrusted with Our Lady of Fatima’s secrets.