Friday, January 18, 2008

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Two, Post 13

Narration of Mr. Agustín Piney

Mr. Agustín Piney Martinez, 40 years old, from Santillana del Mar, dictated the following:

“This day, as on others on which I had gone to Garabandal, the girls were normal, playing. Suddenly a girl with whom I was with said: ‘Mom, I’m going, she’s calling me already.’”

“They went up to the pines normal with us behind them. The girls did not have the vision immediately. They knelt and then prayed the Rosary while staying in the Vision.”

“A man who was there had a megaphone and immediately turned it on. He put the microphone near their mouths, first one then the other.”

“Only Jacinta and Loli were there when we saw them. Upon seeing the apparatus they asked what it was. Then the man who had the megaphone explained to them that it recorded voices, and then you could hear it again.”

“Then he told them: ‘Do you want to say what you’ve seen?’ And he gave the microphone to Loli so the girl could say that she had seen the Virgin, and the Child, and that they’d let her wear their crowns. She said things that corresponded to her actions. The gestures of putting on the crown, of it sinking more on the heads of the girls who were younger than on the older girls.”

“When they were explaining with the microphone in Loli’s hand they stayed in ecstasy, but they had returned around, and they stayed seated with their backs to the Pines where they had seen the Virgin before and they lifted their heads, since they saw the Virgin above their heads.”

“Then the girl said to the Virgin: ‘There are some men here who are gossiping into a microphone, and I took it. Then we’re going to say it. Here, there are other men who don’t believe, so speak so that the men will hear.’ And she lifted to microphone so that her arm was completely extended. Then the other, Jacinta said: ‘No, she doesn’t want to speak with you, give it to me.’”

“Then Loli passed the microphone to Jacinta, who gave it back since she didn’t want to speak either. They argued about whether they should lift the microphone to the Virgin. Finally, they put it in Loli’s hands. Then the girl didn’t want to speak when she saw the Virgin and begged emotionally: ‘Come on, speak, speak so the men hear.’ She said this emotionally several times, making us more interested because we heard them. She was satisfied, she told us.”

“When the girl said: ‘Nothing, speak, speak,’ they stayed in the normal state and Loli had a microphone in her hand, which she seemed surprised to still have in her hand.”

“The two girls returned to the microphone and seemed very curious.”

“The man insisted again that they speak again and the woman who was with him said: ‘It’s impossible because we can’t record any more.’ The tape had stopped while the girl was saying: ‘Come on, speak, speak,’ etc.”

The man said: ‘Well now I’ll rewind it so everyone can hear everything that was said.’ We waited awhile until the man said: ‘Well, let’s see, we’re going to begin. Pay attention, and please be quiet.’”

“Everyone behaved like they were in Mass and no one spoke a word, not even in a whisper. It began to play and the girls commented: ‘This was when the Virgin told us this, and this was when the Virgin told us that, etc.’”

“When the voice of the girl said: ‘Come on, speak’—the recording ended. And, how should I explain this so you understand me better? I remember very well.”

“The man made a movement since he knew the tape had ended and immediately we heard a voice unlike any I’d heard before in my life. It said: ‘No, I won’t speak.’ This voice didn’t sound anything like the girls’ voices. I had never heard a similar voice. It isn’t anything like any voice I know. I had never heard this voice; it was so sweet and very clear.”

“When the voice finished, the exclamation was unanimous, spontaneous. There were about 90 people there. We jumped with joy, and a woman hugged me, crying and yelling: ‘A miracle, a miracle!’ Many people said the same thing. I was stunned. They told me that I was very pale.”