Sandra da Silva Bartolomeu is a Servant of Our Lady of Fatima. She is Portuguese, born in South Africa. Before entering the community, she worked as an artist, teaching drawing and illustrating a children’s book. Her later ministries have included working at a shelter for children and teenagers, at a social center where she helped nursery school teachers to include pastoral care in their daily class routine with children, and as a pastoral care agent with a team at the Shrine of Fatima, collaborating on work with pilgrims — itineraries, pilgrimages and children’s activities, retreats and spiritual itineraries for adults, and catechesis. She is part of the Leiria-Fatima Diocesan Secretariat for Youth, and does vocation ministry for her community.

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The beauty that saves our frailty

The pandemic is giving place to serious reflection on our frailty and on our contemporary way of living. We are essentially frail, biologically, intellectually and spiritually. What can make us transcend our frailty?