Friday, November 3, 2017

Day 7: Santiago to Coimbra to Fatima

by Steve Ray on November 3, 2017

Left Santiago de Compostela after a great breakfast and headed to Bon Jesus. This is one of the most remarkable churches that anyone has ever seen with an altar piece of life-size figures at the crucifixion of Jesus and gardens and patios that go down the side of the mountain with beautiful trees and flowers and manicured gardens.

We then drove to Coimbra Portugal where we had 2 1/2 hours free to explore the city, eat lunch, do some shopping and have a lot of fun together. The weather has cooperated nicely. After lunch we went to the Carmelite convent where Sister Lucia was a Carmelite nun for 57 years after her apparitions in Fatima. You can hear the homily here.

We arrived in Fatima after dark and everybody had dinner. We had a lot of fun on the buses today where I pretended I was on “Catholic Answers Live” and did Q & A from people on the buses. Everyone seemed to enjoy it.

We arrived in Fatima after dark and everybody had dinner. We had a lot of fun on the bus today where I contacted “Catholic Answers Live“ right pretended I was on the radio show and to questions from people on the buses.


On “the day the sun danced,” thousands of people bore witness to a miracle that not only proved the validity of the Fatima Marian apparitions, but also shattered the prevalent belief at the time that God was no longer relevant, according to one theologian.

The_crowd_looking_at__the_Miracle_of_the_Sun__occurred_during_the_Our_Lady_of_Fatima_apparitions_Public_Domain_CNAWhat crowds witnessed the day of the miracle was “the news that God, in the end, contrary to what was said in the philosophy books at that time, was alive and acting in the midst of men,” Dr. Marco Daniel Duarte told CNA.

If one were to open philosophy books during that period, they would likely read something akin to the concept conceived by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who boldly asserted in the late 1800s that “God is dead.”

Yet as this and other philosophies like it were gaining steam in the life and thought of society, the Virgin Mary appears and tells three small shepherds that “God is alive and still attentive to humanity, even though humanity is waging war with one another.”

Duarte, a theologian and director of the Fatima shrine museums, spoke about the cultural significance of the Miracle of the Sun given the atheistic thought prevalent in Portuguese society at the time.

For the full and most excellent article, click here.