Sr. Philomena and I were blessed in finding the opportunity to participate in the celebrations. The crowd was noticeably smaller than the one we attended in May but it was still large in number. There was a noon day Rosary with procession of the Fatima statue, a talk by an invited speaker with the theme inspired by President John F. Kennedy's "Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country" into "ask not what God can do for you, ask what you can do for God." The Eucharistic celebration with an inspiring homily given by the Chaplain of the Shrine was at 1:00 pm followed by Exposition, Benediction and Eucharistic procession. There was Divine Mercy at 3:00 pm and tour of the Holy House.
It was a tremendous blessing to be among the many who were on fire with love for Our Lady of Fatima. Her message continues to be relevant and the call to live the Fatima message is ever more urgent in our present day as we face a pervading spiritual alienation and crisis of faith among many.