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A HUNDRED YEARS OF FATIMA

“All travels can be a source of pilgrimage if we just go with our eyes open to whatever God has for us. . .”
- Pope Francis to pilgrims


    For more than three decades here in Berlin, Filipinos have traveled and made pilgrimages in groups. Their top destinations include the Holy Land, Rome, Prague, and different Marian shrines, like those in Stiepel, Kevelaer, Lourdes and Fatima. It’s interesting to note that on such pilgrimages, they always see and meet other groups of Filipinos coming not only from Europe but also from USA, Canada, and even from the Philippines.

    This happened when our group of 37 made a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of our Lady of Fatima in Portugal last October 27-31, 2017. What made this Pilgrimage so special was the fact that those days were still within the centennial of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the three visionary children, Jacinta, Francisca and Lucia.

    Thanks to Fr. Jun who prepared a scheduled program with prayers and songs all in one booklet. This kept us in prayerful spirit which already started in the airplane, on the bus to Fatima and in every moment of our stay there. Another thing made that the pilgrimage quite special was the Steyler Fatima Hotel where we stayed in. It was a three-star hotel which is a less than 200 meters walk to the sanctuary itself.

    There was an abundance and variety of food on the breakfast table, while lunch and dinner came with wine – all for a very reasonable price. Our Lady of Fatima sure took care of us like a mother does. For many of us, first timers as well as those who have been here before, it was a fulfillment of a dream, to personally see and stand on the different sites of apparition of Our Lady in Fatima.
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    It is very hard to explain how I felt during the procession. But I felt the presence of the Spirit within. While I was walking in procession with the crowd of many thousands of other pilgrims from all over the world praying together the Holy Rosary. There was a powerful energy among us, as each one held a lighted candle while we were moving in the procession, singing the “Ave Maria”. Makatindig balahibo! It was an incredibly touching experience to feel so connected to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
    We were brought to recall the great message of peace of our Lady as well as her strong reminder to all of us to amend our ways and ask pardon for our sins. It was also here that our Lady asked Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta to pray the rosary every day.
 
 
    There was a powerful energy among us, as each one held a lighted candle while we were moving in the procession, singing the “Ave Maria”. Makatindig balahibo! It was an incredibly touching experience to feel so connected to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

    Our Pilgrimage to Fatima was also a unique opportunity that allowed us to pray and reflect on our Christian faith. It deepened our relationship with God and reminded us to be true Christians, following God’s teachings.
    The most touching part of my experience at the Sanctuary was that Saturday evening of October 28, around 9:30 pm when our group participated the Holy Rosary at the Chapel of the apparitions, then followed by the procession at the Esplanade.
 
   

    Personally, it opened my eyes and enlightened me spiritually. What I saw, felt, and experienced there gave me more strength in my faith in God and made me more prayful than before.
   

Text by TOSS LIBUNAO


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