America Needs Fatima member and volunteer Michael Gorre travelled to Fatima this past May to deliver your intentions to Our Lady. He also prayed for you and all your intentions at the place where Our Lady of Fatima appeared.
In addition, Michael took many pictures intended for our 2017 Fatima Calendar. We share some of these pictures with you as they are really fantastic.
Below: a slide show, a short story and more pictures. Keep scrolling down.
The Cave at Loca do Cabeço
I was praying at the site of the apparition of the Angel of Portugal to the three children of Fatima (1916).
The many pilgrims had already gone to dinner and I was alone in the forest during what photographers call "golden hour," the hour before sunset. Since my main objective here in Fatima was to take photos for ANF's 2017 calendar, I prayed to the Angel of Portugal to inspire me.
Suddenly, I was startled by a man who walked up from behind me from the woods and not from the paved pathway. "What? Where did he come from?" I thought I was alone in this remote spot. He was a wiry 80 year old gentleman named Henrique and had a twinkle in his eye, he was a story-teller.
In quick animated Portuguese, he started telling me the whole story of Fatima. "O anjo apareceu aqui duas vezes..." At a certain moment he started telling me about the cave where the three children used to seek shelter from the rain and pray their Rosaries. That was the answer to my prayer. I had heard of this cave. It's mentioned in the descriptions of the apparitions. But in my three previous trips to Fatima, no one ever showed it to me and there are no signs leading to it.
So I asked him if he could show it to me. "Sim! Vamos lá, mas cuidado porque o caminho é perigoso agora por cause da chuva." "Yes! Let's go there, but be careful because the path is dangerous because of the rain."
So we clambered down the hillside among the olive trees and holm oaks covered with bright green moss. The lighting was perfect. We arrived at the cave. What a spot! I could just imagine the three children playing among the boulders and then scampering into the cave. The serenity I felt in this place was indescribable. When the kind gentleman climbed back up the hill, I clicked away with my camera and as the sun sank behind the hill I added my own Rosary to the many prayed by the three shepherds in this very spot exactly 100 years ago.
Written by Michael Gorre
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SAINT OF THE DAY
St. Bridget of Sweden
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