On this day in 1917 in the small village of Fatima in Portugal, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three poor shepherd children, Francisco, Jacinta and Lucy.
"Our Lady's requests include praying the daily rosary, wearing the Brown Scapular, sacrifices to save sinners, devotion of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the first five Saturdays, amendment of life and the consecration of Russia to the IHM by the Holy Father in union with all the Bishops of the world."
Today, we continue to pass on these messages
My mother and two oldest daughters visited last summer and as with all the apparition sites I have visited, once inside the Basilica and the area near where Mary appeared to the children, there is a presence, a difference, a noticeable holiness.
Replacement oak to symbolize where children were during apparition.
Chapel of Apparition built on the site of the appearance
We carved the names of our family members in the bottom of the candles we lit.