Our Lady of Fatima


When I was wee, my mum would tell me that my gran (her mum) would always say, “Even when I am no longer here, you will always have a mum looking after you – Our Lady”. My mum would then say, “Well that doesn’t get the stains out my shirt”.

I never actually met my gran but I have always felt a connection to her (I am named after her). In truth, I know very few things about her but that story of my mum’s always stuck with me. My gran must have had a beautiful faith. I think that sentence about always having a mother is easy to say. However, when my gran said it, she was a dying of breast cancer and facing the reality of leaving her daughter behind. And so to be able to say it, must mean she really believed it.

Why am I telling you this ?

Well, during this lockdown and separation from loved ones, I find myself missing my mum  quite a bit and, for all the wonders of technology, FaceTime doesn’t quite cut it. I actually can’t wait to see my mum in the flesh, give her a hug and rest my head on her shoulder. As we were praying the rosary last night, I was thinking of her and this wee story kept coming back to me.

As today is the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, I thought I might share it with you all and so remind us that, although a hug from our dear mothers may be  a while away, we still have a mother with us, a heavenly mother who is always watching over us.

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


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