Many of these stories I have told before. Most over a beer or two getting to know a new friend. They are the stories told in the night that you can’t imagine putting in print for fear family members would sue. Honestly, they still might.
And it seems that the story to haunt me forever is the one that caused a great shift in my life: Fatima.
Here’s the gist: two young girls and one young boy (ages 7-9) see the Virgin Mary one day while out tending their family’s flock. She tells them of future visitations and offers three secrets which include:
- Russia must proclaim their devotion to the Mother or She will fail.
- (shady interpretation) Pope John Paul II’s Assassination attempt
- The two youngest (Francisco and Jacinta) will die soon while Lucia will live on to spread the glory of the Virgin Mary’s word.
The two youngest did die from a pretty common flu, and Lucia, later Sister Lucia, or Looney Lucia, as I will refer to her, lived to be a ripe old advisor to the church and I believe was appointed for sainthood after she died at 92. The two youngest were the only canonized youth who were not martyrs.
The show is called Fatima Quest, and this is the blog I write before leaping into the next ten pages I promised to finish by Monday.
If you have any stories or experience with the Fatima story or the Virgin Mary, let me know!