Wednesday, December 31, 2008

THE WARNING IS MERCY

To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .

The Warning was a mercy from God. By The Warning we became aware that we are not yet what He wants us to be. We felt the pain of being unlike Him, far from Him. His will is for us to become like Himself, happy in all that He is, and to become close to Him. Sin is the only impediment to that. It prevents us from achieving perfect, even eternal happiness. God unveiled our sinfulness to us in The Warning, not out of revenge, for vengefulness is foreign to His heart, but rather out of love and mercy. He wants us to never have to suffer again the pain we felt in The Warning. His mercy allowed us to sample the pain that sin bequeaths to us. The Warning was truly a mercy from God.

[To be continued . . .]

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

THE WARNING WAS A TASTE OF ETERNITY

To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .

The Warning was a taste of eternity. Time stopped for a moment during The Warning, and the truth of timeless existence tumbled in on all of us. It was no longer possible, because of The Warning, to hide from ourselves. All we ever did was before our eyes, seen all at once, in a single glance. We knew then how God's gaze crosses all barriers and grasps the uttermost secrets. He shared with us, for our conversion, how He sees us, and we beheld, in an instant mercifully brief, whatever in us was displeasing to Him. What we understood was our eternal state, should we have died at that time. We suffered for a moment the pain of our sin, the pain of separation from God, the pain of purgatory or hell. God let us see it all, in The Warning.

[To be continued . . .]

Monday, December 29, 2008

Garabandal People Update




The photos above show Conchita with Dr. Jeronimo Dominquez, a long time Garabandal supporter who has recently died. He was very close to Conchita, and helped her with her work as a nurse, when she first came to the USA. The top photo shows him at her wedding. giving the bride away, as a good father. I remember going to Dr. Jeronimo's house in the Bronx. What was amazing to me at the time was that he was given permission from his bishop to have the Blessed Sacrament in his home in a small chapel. Not unheard of for a lay person, but rare indeed!

I also just found out that the Doctors son was killed on 9/11 in the Twin Towers. Here is the story from a local newspaper:


Jerome Domínguez had gone diving off the coast of Long Island with some police pals who were also his friends outside the job. After exploring the chambers of a shipwrecked boat, they glided up slowly and started popping up, one after another, to take their places on their boat.

But they noticed one of them, another police officer, was missing. And, without much hesitation, Domínguez was the one to jump right back in the water.

Returning all the way to the bottom, Domínguez found his friend lying unconscious inside the dilapidated ship with insufficient oxygen left. Pulling him up, Domínguez swam toward the light of the surface, alternatively taking on and off his oxygen mask to share it with the unconscious man.

Risking his own life, Domínguez saved his pal's more than two years ago.

But it was not the first time, and it would not be the last, that the decorated New York City cop offered all he had for the sake of others. In fact, Domínguez did it regularly, whenever he encountered people in danger or on duty as a member of the department's elite emergency services unit.

Domínguez, a West Islip resident who grew up in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx, was at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 and, according to reports from colleagues to his family, was making his way upward in the building when the north tower collapsed. He remains missing.

One of two sons of devout Catholic parents who spend much of their time trying to spread the faith, Domínguez, 37, had his own sense of mission.

"I once told him, 'Jerome, don't strain yourself so much'," recalled his mother, Gladys Domínguez of the Bronx. "And he said, 'Look, Mommy, you save souls and I will save bodies.'"

After graduating from Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx, Domínguez entered the police academy in the mid-'80s. Following his July 1985 graduation, he became a patrol officer for a local precinct in the Bronx. Two years later, Domínguez, also in the Air Force Reserve, joined the highway division.

During the following years, he became committed to his job of helping people on the roads. Even when off duty, Domínguez carried power-cutting and other tools in his vehicle to help stalled drivers or to extricate victims at accident scenes, his relatives said.

Once, while heading to Texas for Air Force training in 1999, Domínguez encountered an overturned school bus with several children inside. He quickly took charge and rescued more than a dozen children before the bus burst into flames. His feat earned him praise, and he appeared on a television news show and was mentioned in newspapers that day. The Air Force offered him a permanent job, but he preferred an offer he got from the NYPD to join the emergency unit.

"He enjoyed himself helping people in some way, morally or physically," said his father, Geronimo Domínguez, a physician who hosts a bible reading television program in Spanish. " ... He was very courageous."

Besides diving, Domínguez left time to cruise on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle, sometimes along the Eastchester Bay coast near his parents' house, formerly a waterfront home and fishing retreat of New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia.

In his last conversation with his father, some days before Sept. 11, Domínguez discussed the idea of a heavenly place for souls to rest in happiness after death. His parents find comfort in their strong belief that Domínguez is already there. "He loved helping others, and there isn't in the Bible or anywhere else a greater love than that, giving your life for others," his father said.
-- Víctor Manuel Ramos (Newsday)

May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

I was just thinking that little by little, many of us old Garabandalistas are dying off. I'm 72 and would love to be around for the Warning, Miracle and Great Sign but if God has other plans for me, I'm ready for heaven too!
Christmas Blessings to all+
Deacon John

THE WARNING SHOWS US OUR SINS


To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .

The Warning shows us our sins. It was predicted as a "correction of the conscience of the world." The scriptures foretold long ago that Jesus would send the Holy Spirit to "convict the world of sin." If we did not fully understand before what that meant, we do now, by the power of The Warning. Sin, our resistance to becoming the loving kind of person God is, results in many unloving deeds, decisions and attitudes. These were all vividly clear in the brilliant light God shone in our souls. Our consciences were thoroughly illuminated at that moment, exposing all the self-deception we are so clever at, pulling out the dead memories that have never been leavened with love, uncovering the lies we told ourselves, the compromises we made. We saw so blatantly the many harsh, stubborn, and unkind decisions we have made, the times we cruelly trod on the feelings of other people, coveted their possessions, envied their good fortune and rejoiced at their failures. Then we groaned with anguish when God revealed to us the neglect, the
refusal to help, the undone deeds and the unfulfilled plans. We have heard Him say to us, "Why have you persecuted Me?"

[To be continued . . .]

Sunday, December 28, 2008

THE WARNING MADE US AWARE


To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .

The Warning made us aware of God. Everyone, unbeliever as well as believer, now can declare that God has touched us with His immeasurable power. He has intervened in an unprecedented manner to make all people aware of His existence, His mercy, His sovereign rulership, His love for us and His concern for our salvation. There is a God, and He is good. No one can now any longer deny Him unless he chooses to fling the truth back in God's face. The Warning has made God evident. We have felt His power in our bones.

[To be continued . . .]

Saturday, December 27, 2008

PRIESTS TEACHING ABOUT GARABANDAL

I just read about this Franciscan Community working in the Caribbean who preach about Garabandal! They would like to set up a Formation Center in Garabandal! Here is their home page to visit: http://www.hermanosfranciscanos.org/whoweare.htm

Franciscans can be Friars (Monks) and Third Order (Laity) members, who vow to follow the Rule of St. Francis of Assisi, and commit themselves to sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ and ministering to the poorest of the poor. Wherever there is a need to share the message of God's love, you will find the Franciscans. They work in education, social justice, and parish ministry throughout the world. In Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, they spread the Gospel by preaching and founding churches. They also run occupational training centers for the poor, and distribute food and other necessities. Although their primary work is in Puerto Rico, the work of the Hermanos Franciscanos extends throughout the Caribbean, and locations in the United States, Africa, Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and Spain.

When you visit our guest house, your donations help us pay for our many kinds of ministry. We are grateful for any financial support which is offered; your alms and prayers are ways that you can join our Franciscan family in our caring for the poor. None of us can change the world by ourself, but working together we can make a great deal of difference.

If you are interested in helping to provide for the spiritual and physical needs of God's family on earth, you will feel right at home among the Franciscan Friars and Third Order members.

Franciscans 1 Franciscans 2 Fence Sign
All donations are tax deductible according to section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue code.

THE WARNING LIKE A CONVERSION


To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .

The Warning was like the conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle, who was penetrated by the same light we have recently endured. He was on the Damascus road, journeying to that town to persecute the newly converted Christian Jews who lived there. In a glorious vision it was revealed to him that he was assailing not only the members of the Church, but Jesus Himself, the very Lord of heaven and earth! The blinding light of the Risen Christ convicted him of sin. Paul heeded the warning Jesus had given him; he repented and became his faithful follower, and left his former life behind.

Has not the same enlightenment been accorded to us all in The Warning? The grace once granted to an individual has finally penetrated every human heart in a single, sudden burst of divine light. We have felt the same grace, the same light that Paul did. God would have the whole world respond just as Paul did. We must now repent of the sin the Lord has shown us in ourselves by The Warning, and amend our lives, following Jesus.
[to be continued . . .]

Friday, December 26, 2008

THE WARNING WAS PREDICTED

To be read as though the Warning had just come . . .
TODAY

The Warning was predicted by Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Garabandal, where she prophesied three great events that were to come: The Warning, The Miracle, and The Punishment. The last would occur only if the world would still refuse to repent after the first two made God's mind plain to all. We have just experienced the first; the second and the third are still in the future. The Miracle will come within a year of The Warning, so that we will be prepared to receive the grace of The Miracle.
[To be continued]

Thursday, December 25, 2008

MERRY CHRISTMAS










May Jesus, our Saviour,
Who was born on Christmas Day,
Bless you at this season
In a very special way.
May the beauty and the promise
Of that silent, holy night
Fill your heart with peace and happiness
And make your new year bright!"
A Poem by
Helen Steiner Rice



Wednesday, December 24, 2008

FROM MARK MALLETT: A MUST READ! Mark again speaks about the "Illumination":

The Value of One Soul

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Christ raising Lazarus, Caravaggio

IT was the end of a string of six concerts in several small towns on the Canadian prairies. The turnouts were poor, usually less than fifty people. By the sixth concert, I was beginning to feel sorry for myself. As I began to sing that night several years ago, I looked out at the audience. I could’ve sworn that everyone there was over ninety! I thought to myself, "They probably can’t even hear my music! Moreover, are these really the people you want me to evangelize, Lord? What about the youth? And how am I going to feed my family….?" And on and on the whining went, as all the while I kept playing and smiling at the quiet audience.

Afterward, I was supposed to stay the night in the empty rectory. But I was so upset that I packed everything up and started the five hour drive home through the night. I wasn’t two miles out of town when suddenly I felt the Lord’s presence in the seat beside me. I could "see" Him leaning over and looking squarely at me. He spoke with an intensity that to this very day shakes my soul.

Mark—Don’t underestimate the value of ONE soul.

The words were so powerful, so full of love, so intense that I burst into tears. Because suddenly I remembered… there was one younger lady who came up and spoke to me after the concert. She was visibly moved. I spoke with her and tried to answer her questions, but kept packing my gear, sulking, feeling sorry for myself instead of realizing that the one soul Jesus would have descended to earth to die for alone, was standing before me.

So that I would never forget what He said—what He died for—He repeated those words again, in a love which still leaves me in tears, even as I write this:

Don’t underestimate the value of ONE soul.

I repented, and from that day on began to realize that Jesus was no longer fishing with nets, but with hooks… looking now for one soul here, one soul there, before the coming of the Great Storm.

THE HANDS AND FEET OF CHRIST

After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He said to the people standing there:

Untie him and let him go. (John 11:44)

You see, through the Illumination which is coming, Jesus will raise many souls to life. Even now, He is doing so. But you will be needed to untie them and let them go. That is, they will need teaching, the Sacraments, and even deliverance to be totally free (see Exorcism of the Dragon). Whether you are a bishop, priest, religious or layman, Jesus wants you to be ready for the Harvest.

He will never abandon you in this Storm. But He asks you now, with a heart full of sorrow and love, will you help Him find that ONE soul? Will you give Him your Great Yes? Or will you hide your talents? Will you fall asleep in the Garden, or will you remain with Him to watch and pray?

Whether you realize it or not, or whether you believe it or not, the angels and all of Heaven hover above you now, awaiting your answer. For they see the soul whose eternal salvation hangs in the balance, awaiting your "yes"…

You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us. Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel… Why do you delay, why are you afraid? Believe, give praise, and receive. Let humility be bold, let modesty be confident… See, the desired of all nations is at your door, knocking to enter. If he should pass by because of your delay, in sorrow you would begin to seek him afresh, the One whom your soul loves. Arise, hasten, open. Arise in faith, hasten in devotion, open in praise and thanksgiving.

Behold the handmaid of the Lord, she says, be it done to me according to your word. —St. Bernard, Vol. I, Liturgy of the Hours, pg. 345

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May all my readers experience a blessed Christmas and the great love of Jesus for each you. For you too are that ONE soul… From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone of you who has written, supported this apostolate, and sustained me through your prayer. You are always, always, in my heart and prayers.

Published in: DAILY JOURNAL, SPIRITUALITY | on December 24th, 2008 |

THE WARNING by Father Philip Bebie, C.P. INTRODUCTION

Map of Spain showing the population densities ...Image via WikipediaTo be read as though the Warning had just come:

A short time ago, abruptly, all on earth felt the intervening of God. To each one of us He unveiled the innermost secrets of our heart. His inexorable light seared our consciences and showed us to ourselves as in a flawless mirror. The truth was vivid in our minds. We saw the awful blight of our sinfulness, the excruciating pain of it, and knew in an instant what our eternity would be because of it. The Lord's mercy scoured away all pretension.
By His merciful intrusion, we knew ourselves --- oh, how we knew ourselves, in His
light. We felt the Warning.

Over twenty years ago, it had been predicted by the Mother of God, who communicated
her message to us through four young girls from the mountain village of Garabandal, Spain, remote and rude, rocky and high among the clouds. The message was plain as well, and not really new in content. For she had been repeating it generation upon generation as she visited one place after another for what is now a span of one hundred and fifty years. Yet at this moment she had spoken it with special urgency. Time was running out. These would be the "last warnings" the world would receive. People would have to change their lives and stop offending God, or else they would suffer the most terrible consequences.

The four children who saw her were informed of great events that would overwhelm the
world. These occurrences were to happen, by God's great mercy, so that the whole world would be converted. They would bring about the conversion of humanity. But unless we heard the message and changed soon, this would happen only after great suffering. She told them of "The Warning", a "correction of the conscience of the world", which all would experience as a kind of disaster in their lives, but none of them would die of it, except perhaps from the shock of it.

She also spoke to them of a "Great Miracle" to be
worked by the Lord at Garabandal so that we all might come to believe, but she would not permit the disclosure of the exact time this would happen (although one of the girls knows the date and must announce it eight days before it happens). Lastly she revealed to them "The Punishment", which would descend upon us "directly from God", if people did not repent in time to avert it.

The Punishment must be avoided. Because the Lord wants to protect us from it, He
gives us The Warning and The Miracle. They are meant to help us respond to the message of Mary so that we can avoid The Punishment entirely. We must understand what to do to be saved, and then we must do it. Our fate hangs in the balance. There will be peace; Our Lady of Fatima has promised that it will inevitably arrive. What we do between now and that "Era of Peace" will determine whether or not The Punishment will first have to be undergone.

But for now, we know that The Warning has pierced our hearts. We have known it with
greater clarity than anything else has ever been known. We must heed it, and look again at the repeated messages and warnings of the Mother of God. Looking again and more deeply is the burden of this book. We will recall and reflect upon what she said over the long years of our forebears, consider the present situation, and open up to her promises.

There is danger, greater danger than humankind has ever faced before, but there is also
hope. She asserted, "There will be peace." "In the end My Immaculate Heart will triumph; the Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me. Russia will be converted, and an Era of Peace will be given to the world."

This book will attempt to answer many of the questions in your mind since you felt THE
WARNING. What was the Warning? Is a miracle coming too? Why has the whole world been involved in such a powerful, direct way? Is it the end of the world? Read and be instructed. All the material presented has been around for twenty years, but we have not heard it, or been prevented from hearing it. God has broken through the darkness. Read now. It is time.
[To be continued]
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

FROM MARK MALLETT:

Mark

THE WARNING: FOREWORD

Blessed Anna Maria Taigi spoke of a great chastisement which would come to the world before which there would be an illumination of the conscience of men by which suddenly everyone would see themselves as God sees them. She indicated that this illumination of conscience would result in the saving of many souls because many would repent as a result of this "Warning" . . . this miracle of "self illumination".

Beatified in 1920 as a model of women and mothers, Anna Maria Taigi was not only a prophetess of our time, but one of the most extraordinary mystics in the history of the Church.

From the time she was 20 years old, until she died at the age of 63, the Beata was accompanied by a mysterious light in which she saw past, present, and furure events . . . some relating to struggles among nations; some relating to individual souls.

Blessed Anna Maria gazed into that light only when she felt an interior impulse . . . a sort of direction from Our Lord and the Holy Spirit . . . to do so. And usually when she looked into the light she was asked to offer some special suffering for a special need in the Church or in an individual.

In that light Anna Maria saw a great chastisement coming upon the world in the future . . . but at the same time a great blessing: The "Warning" which would be an illumination of the consciences of men, just as though suddenly every man was given the same kind of light that accompanied her . . . in which they would see themselves as God sees them.

It is interesting that 300 years before Blessed Anna Maria this same revelation was given to St. Edmund Campion, who went to his death affirming this same prophecy.

One is put in mind of the prophecies of the Old Testament . . . some of which were close to the time of Our Lord, and some of which were hundreds of years before. And no one ever knew with any exactitude when those prophecies would be fulfilled.

But we now have cogent reasons to believe that this prophecy of the warning and the chastisement . . . which we have heard from the lips of various good persons and canonized saints . . . will take place very soon, for we recall that St. John Bosco, an authentic prophet of our time, was told by Our Lady that She would obtain a victory for Christianity before the year 2000 which would be greater even than the victory of Lepanto (which in 1571 was a turning point in the history of the world over seeminly hopeless odds).

* * *
It must be borne in mind that this book is intended to be published generally only after the Warning. For that reason it reads as though the miracle of illumination of conscience had already been experienced by the reader. Even if read before the Warning we believe it will be of deep interest and edification for all who read it.

Free copies of this book may be obtained by writing to:
The 101 Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 151
Asbury, N.J. 08802-0151

An offering of postage would be appreciated.

[To be continued]

Monday, December 22, 2008

THE WARNING by Father Philip Bebie, C.P.


(Cum permisso superiorum)

Explanation of This Book

A great struggle between good and evil is going on. Pope Paul VI did not hesitate to call it "apocalyptic."

The ultimate result of this struggle was told to us specifically at Fatima: There will be a triumph of love . . . a triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary . . . "Russia will be converted and an era of peace will be granted to mankind."

Before that triumph we may have a terrible chastisement in which "several nations will be annihilated."

According to Garabandal, Medjugorje, etc., to make it possible for the world to avoid that chastisement the Queen of Peace has obtained for us THE WARNING.

Holy prophets (Saint Edmund Campion, Blessed Anna Maria Taigi) predicted this same warning at the very beginning of the historical religious catastrophies: The Reformation conflicts (Saint Edmund Campion) and the rise of Marxism (Blessed Anna Maria) which have brought our world to its present state of estrangement from God.

At the time of the publication of this book in 1986 Father Bebie (who wrote this in 1981-82) was suffering the final stages of a terminal cancer, which, to the surprise of his doctors and most of all to himself, had not yet taken his life. He had previously entrusted the manuscript to a friend to be published when the warning occurred. During a "goodbye" visit early in 1986 . . . shortly after he had returned from a hospital intensive care unit, it was decided that publication after the warning might be ineffective. It might be too late for people to know the importance of what had just happened to them . . . and to the world!

THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS WARNING CANNOT BE EXAGGERATED.

It will be an act of God . . . an act of His mercy. Whether the world will avoid annihilation of several entire nations will deoend on how each of us reacts to this act of His Mercy.

At a time when the world has lost its sense of sin, we will suddenly see ourselves as God sees us. We will recognize our sins.

IF WE REJECT THIS ACT OF MERCY . . . if we then persist in our sins . . . will we not deserve to see the whole world purged with fire . . . or by whatever purging Divine Justice may elect?

It is possible that many will reject the warning out of ignorance.

That is why it seemed both prudent and advisable to make this book available in advance, entrusting to those who receive it, the responsiblity of communicating with newspapers, television, radio, Church leaders, government officials, in a word, to all who will be able to inform the greatest number of people just what the warning means as soon as it happens.

It may be a year away. It may happen tomorrow. There are many indications that it will come soon.

NOTE: Father Bebie died in 1986, when at the very time this little book (written by him in 1981) was being printed.

[To be continued]

Saturday, December 20, 2008

The End!


So ends the three volumes of "She Went in Haste to the Mountain." I hope you enjoyed reading it! I did!
Hopefully, I can find some more books and articles that I can post here on this Site. If not, we await the Warning and Great Miracle/Great Sign to happen, which I believe will be very soon!
Blessings to all and have a Blessed Christmas and Blessed New Year+
Deacon John

Friday, December 19, 2008

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 213)


Second Message
June 18, 1965

The message that the Most Holy Virgin has given to the world through the intercession of the Angel St. Michael.
The Angel said:

•As my message of October 18 has not been fulfilled, and has not been made known to the world, I tell you that this is the last.

•Before, the cup was filling up; now it is overflowing.

•The PRIESTS: Many are on the road to perdition, and with them they are taking many more souls.

•The EUCHARIST: It is being given less and less importance.

•With your own efforts, you should avoid the wrath of the Good God.

•If you ask pardon with a sincere heart, He will forgive you.

•I, your Mother, through the intercession of the Archangel St.
Michael, want to tell you to amend your lives.

•You are in the last warnings!

•I love you very much
and do not want your condemnation.

•Ask us sincerely, and we will give what you ask.

•You should sacrifice yourself more.

•Think of the passion of Jesus.

Conchita González June 18, 1965

Thursday, December 18, 2008

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 212)


The Virgin has told us:

That the world continues the same, that it has not
changed at all;

That few will see God; so few they are, that it is causing the Virgin great sorrow.

How unfortunate that the world does not change!

The Virgin has told us that the Chastisement is coming.

As the world is not changing, the cup is filling up.

How sorrowful is the Virgin, although she does not
allow us to see it.

Since the Virgin loves us so much, she suffers alone,
since she is so good.

Everyone be good, so that the Virgin will be happy!

She has told us that those who are good should pray for those who are evil.

Yes, we should pray to God for the world, for those who do not know Him.

Be good, be very good.

María Dolores Mazón, 13 years
Jacinta González, 13 years

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

CONCHITA & COMMUNISM



Conchita of Garabandal: "When communism comes again everything will happen."

This excerpt is taken from the German book by Albrecht Weber, Garabandal—Der Zeigefinger Gottes (Garabandal—The Finger of God):

Conchita told the author in 1965 when everything would be set in motion:

"When communism comes again everything will happen."

The author responded: "What do you mean by comes again?"

"Yes, when it newly comes again," she replied.

"Does that mean that communism will go away before that?"

"I don't know," she said in reply, "the Blessed Virgin simply said 'when communism comes again'."

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 211)

First Message October 18, 1961

It is necessary to make many sacrifices, do much penance;

It is necessary to visit
the Blessed Sacrament very much.

But first we must be very good.

And if we do not do this, a punishment will come upon us.

Already the cup is filling up;
and if we do not change, a very great punishment will come upon us.

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 210)


EPILOGUE

Finally coming to the end of this long endeavor, I feel a mixture of joy and liberation. Joy, in thinking that I have done a good work. Liberation, in not having the pressure to finish this work quickly.

After great effort and innumerable hours of work, revising papers and putting in order the mountains of information, it seems that I have succeeded in reconstructing the events and the climate of Garabandal during the apparitions, so that I can offer its first history to persons of good will.

* * *

The history of Garabandal, as it concerns the
seers and those around them, has not been, nor is it now, completely angelic like Lourdes and Fatima.

Because of this, I find Garabandal to be more in measure with the History of Salvation, more in line with the Church itself, where the most beautiful and
exalted interventions of God have been continually intermixed with lamentable and repeated human miseries, with the results that we know.

The full picture of Garabandal is disconcerting: on the one hand it offers abundant proofs so that many might find its truth, and on the other hand, it
leaves motives for others to remain in their doubt and disbelief.

I believe in the supernatural authenticity of Garabandal, taken as a whole. But not everything offers the same guarantee of truth.

A descending scale of credibility can be noticed:

1) The facts—the phenomena that were definite facts and could be proven and were proven from observation by irreproachable witnesses.

2) The joint statements—the statements or declarations in which the visionaries agreed.

3) The individual statements—the statements or predictions due to one visionary alone.

In the last case, it is necessary to proceed with great caution and discretion; since, unfortunately, not all—or even a single one—of the seers have shown themselves to be completely trustworthy.

* * *

It was seen that on Saturday, November 13th,
1965, the course of the phenomena closed at Garabandal. From that date, nothing has occurred.

But here a question comes up: Since November 13th, has Garabandal completely ended?

Or does it remain only temporarily interrupted?

My personal impression is that a simple intermission is taking place, since the evidence shows that Garabandal had not concluded. An interlude has come, as in a dramatic play, that for some purpose leaves things abruptly interrupted, suspended . . .

Garabandal is an event of enormous proportion, which is unfolding in three stages:

* The first stage, with a personal and local imprint: the time of marvels and astounding communications; the time already experienced, which ended on November 13th.

* A second stage, of intermission, with matters suspended: a period of pruning and purification. this is what we are experiencing now, with its disillusions,
expectations, falling away.

* A third stage, which we await, that will bring to light many things and fulfill the great prophecies of universal reach: the Warning, the Miracle, the Chastisement.

* * *

It seems beyond doubt that what really happened
at Garabandal, what we should see across the vast maze of detail, is a very careful intervention by God to aid us in these difficult hours for the Church and the world.

With such a purpose, God has placed in front of us:

* A new Marian Epiphany.

* A call for greater devotion to the Eucharist.


*A prediction of approaching eschatological times.


Why the first? because it could well be that Mary is our last recourse for salvation . . . In Garabandal, she has manifested herself to us—she has given herself—above all, as Our Mother.

Why the second? Because the reality of the actual presence of the Lord among us is the last thing that we can allow to be neglected in the Church. And this is precisely what has started to happen, and what is continuing to happen.

Why the third? Because the last times can be already at the door. We should not be oblivious or forgetful of what we repeat in the Credo: And He will come again in glory, since without the inflaming emotions of hope, religion will not keep burning in the hearts of men.

* * *

Yes, we cannot put the final conclusion out of
our minds.

“The biblical writings revolve around a theological drama that unfolds throughout history and reflects the plan of salvation from a God Who constantly seeks out mankind to transform it. From the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of the Apocalypse can be seen the silent struggle by forces fighting for the hearts of men. Man, wrongly exercising his free will and trying to assert his autonomy, chooses to live separated from God. Besides this, the power of evil seems to dominate humanity, seeking to draw it from its natural orbit: the God of Creation, Who directs the world and the march of history.”
(M. García Cordero, Biblical Dilemmas)

Eschatology is the word used to refer to the final act in the great drama of our salvation.

And it might be asked if Garabandal does not have an eschatological purpose.

There are many things in it that put before us the last times and alert us to them:

* The presence and prominent activity of the Archangel St. Michael, who appears in the Apocalypse as the Angel of the last combat.(1)

* The firm declaration in the message of June 18th, 1965: You are in the last warnings.

* The trilogy of the Warning—the Miracle—the Chastisement, whose characteristics do not permit them to be inserted as ordinary pages in the works
of God.

* The repeated, extremely compromising affirmation that there remain only three Popes, and then the end of the times.

Possibly, Garabandal has come to repeat to us, Christians of these last times, what the Christians of the early times said for greeting and encouragement: Maran Atha! The Lord returns!

We await.

And as the hour draws near for the realization of Garabandal, let us repeat without ceasing what is said on the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace:

On our knees, let us adore
Christ the Savior
Who wants all good things
to come to us through Mary.


1. One last detail in this history that appears to be unending . . . Recently residing in the United States, Loli had been living the meaning of the locution of 1965 «In the future, if I do not appear to you again, it is that your hour has come to suffer.» In October of 1977 she had a few happy vacation days during a brief stay in Spain in her home country of Santander. María Herrero de Gallardo spent some time with her and wrote me on the 30th of that October:

«The other day, while taking food to Loli that she liked very
much and hadn’t tasted for years, she told me very interesting things: about the pope . . . about Adam (that we didn’t descend from a monkey, or by evolution, or from any other
animal, but from a perfect man, Adam). She told us about a dream that she had recently: the devil, horrible, trying to conquer the world . . . As Loli cried out, calling to St. Michael, he appeared dressed as a warrior, not as the girl had seen him in Garabandal. He waved a great sword and began battle against Satan . . . In connection with this, she told us how the devil, during the apparitions, had twice burned part of the scapulars that they were wearing . . .»

What believer in God could doubt the reality of the devil and his world of darkness? And he is now laboring as never before; not just for partial victory, but to dominate completely this world in which God has so loved us, his human creatures.

It is the great hour for the leader of the celestial army. (Apoc. 12:7-8) Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle . . .

Monday, December 15, 2008

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 209)

“Conchita felt the devil present around her.”

At this time we might make some comments about the chancery officials at Santander who so often called for the submission owed to the hierarchy in order to strangle Garabandal, but who went to such efforts so that the cause would not come directly to the hierarchy, to which they should be as submissive as we.

From this can be more easily understood what Fr. Laffineur wrote:
«Certain adversaries of Garabandal, fearing the worst for themselves, made it impossible for Conchita to be received at Rome. Others, in a less high position, profited by the new situation to calumniate Conchita: The balloon has burst. Conchita wears short skirts and listens to the radio; the vocation is gone. Garabandal is finished.

During this time, Conchita felt the devil present around her. She was subject to interior sufferings which only the most contemplative souls know. She wrote about her secret sufferings to priests whom she trusted, and prayed to obtain permission from her mother to leave for Pamplona immediately.

Apparently the young girl, although accustomed to submitting everything to the Virgin, had not immediately understood the importance of her trip to Italy. Or else she could have thought, logically, that if this trip would take place one
day, it could begin just as well from Pamplona as from Garabandal.

But Aniceta was watching. And Aniceta has a will of steel. She was convinced of the necessity and imminence of the visit to Rome and no person in the world could make her yield . . .»
(L’Etoile dans la Montagne)

So Conchita was not to be separated from her side until she had completed her mission at Rome.

But this mission would not be accomplished until the winter of the following year, 1966. And then the final period would be placed on the long and wondrous story that had begun on June 18th, 1961 at Garabandal.

* * *

On October 30th—the last Saturday of the
month of the rosary—in that painful autumn of 1965, Conchita had another encounter from above. She had gone to church to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament,(11) and soon she felt a communication from the Virgin inside her, which not only consoled her in what she was suffering by not being able to go to the convent, but also notified her of a
future meeting.

At the time Conchita wrote several letters; one of these was to a Mexican priest, Father Gustavo Morelos, dated November 8th:
«Dear Father Morelos:
You see, without receiving your reply, I’m writing you again. And it is to say that I received a locution from the Virgin and she told me: On Saturday, November 13th, go to the Pines, and there you will see me. And bring many religious articles to me, and I will kiss them all, so that you can distribute them. My son will perform prodigies by means of them.

Pray very much for me, so that I may soon enter the convent and be good. In union of prayer.»

The prediction was fulfilled.

The description of what occurred would be better left to Conchita herself: (12)
«It was a special apparition to kiss religious objects, later to distribute them, since they have a great importance.

I had a great desire for Saturday, November 13th, to come so I could see again the ones who had sown in me the happiness of God: The Virgin and the Infant Jesus.

It was raining; but it didn’t matter to me that I was going up to the Pines in the rain.»

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Describing this, here is what Dr. Ortiz wrote Fr.
Ramón in a letter on December 13th:
«On our last trip to Garabandal, Sunday, December 5th, I was able to learn that Conchita actually had an ecstasy at the Pines on November 13th. As an interesting fact, I have to say that, although Olguita (her neighbor) was in her
company, she later left her out of curiosity to go see an accident that had happened to a truck in La Jaraiz. This accident was the main attraction for the village. On that Saturday, when it was raining the most, Conchita left the people in her kitchen and went up alone to the Pines.»

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Continuing with the report of the visionary:

«I brought many rosaries that had recently been given to me to distribute. As the Virgin had told me, I brought them for her to kiss.

Going up alone to the Pines—very sorry for my faults—I was saying to myself that in the future I would not fall into them, since I was ashamed to present myself like this before the Mother of God, whom my faults make suffer so much. And I believe that mine are the greatest, since I have seen her.

When I came to the Pines, I started taking out the rosaries that I was carrying. And while I was taking them out, I heard a very sweet voice — clearly the Virgin’s! — easily distinguished from all others, calling me by my name. And I
answered: What?

And then I saw her with the Infant Jesus in her arms. She came dressed as usual and was smiling broadly.

And I said to her, I have come to bring the rosaries so that you can kiss them.

And she said to me, I see that.

I had a Chiclet in my mouth, although I did
not chew it after I saw her, but stuck it against my cheek.

And she told me, Conchita, why don’t you give up your Chiclet and offer it as a sacrifice for the glory of my Son? (15)

Ashamed, I took it out of my mouth and threw it on the ground.

Then she said to me, Do you remember what I told you on your feastday, that you would suffer much on the earth. Well, I am telling it to you again. But have confidence in us and offer everything to our hearts for the good of your brothers; that way you will feel us near to you.

And I said to her, Oh, Our Mother, how unworthy I am of so many graces that you’ve given me! And still you come to me today, to lighten the little cross that I have now.

—Conchita, I do not come only for you. I come for all my children, with the desire of bringing them to our hearts.
Give me all the things that you have brought so that I may kiss them.

And I gave them to her. I was also carrying a crucifix with me, and she kissed it and said to me, Put it in the hands of the Child Jesus. And so I did. He didn’t say anything to me.

I spoke to the Virgin, I will carry this cross with me to the convent, but she didn’t say anything to me either.

After kissing everything, she said to me, By the kiss that I have put on these articles, my Son will use them to perform prodigies. Distribute them. And I thought about doing this.

After that, she asked me to tell her the petitions that other people had given to me; and I did this.

She continued: Tell me, Conchita. Tell me about my children! I hold them all under my mantle.

And I said to her: It’s very small, it won’t hold
all of them. And she smiled.

—Conchita, do you know why I did not come personally on June 18th to give the message for the world? Because it hurt me to say those things. But they had to be said, for your own good; and if you accomplish the message, it will be for the glory of God. I love you very much, and desire your salvation, to reunite you here in heaven around the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You, Conchita, will you respond to us?

—If I were always seeing you, then it would be yes. But if not, I don’t know, since I’m very bad.

—Do all that you can on your part; and we will help you, and also my daughters, Loli, Jacinta and Mari Cruz.

It seemed that she was with me a very short time. She told me also:

This is the last time you will see me here. But I will always be with you, and with all my children.

She also said to me:
Conchita, you should visit my Son in the tabernacle more. Why do you let yourself be carried away by slothfulness so as not to visit Him? He is there, waiting for you day and night.

As I have said before, it was raining very much, and the Virgin and the Child Jesus didn’t get wet. When I was seeing them, I didn’t know that it was raining; but afterwards, when I didn’t see them, I was soaking wet.

I also said to the Virgin: Oh, how happy I am when I see you. Why don’t you take me with you now?

—Remember what I told you on your feastday: When presenting yourself before God, you have to show your hands full of works done by you for your brothers and for the glory of God. Now, your hands are empty.

Nothing more. The joyous time had passed in which I was with my best friend and Mother in heaven, and with the Child Jesus. I have stopped seeing Them, but I haven’t stopped feeling Them.

Again They have left in my soul a peace, a joy
and a desire to conquer my faults and to love Them with all my strength!

Formerly, the Virgin told me that Jesus wasn’t sending the Chastisement to torment us, but to help us, and reprimand us for not paying attention. He is sending us the Warning to purify us before the Miracle, in which He will clearly show the love that He holds for us. Because of this He wants us to accomplish the message.»

* * *

That was the episode of Saturday, November
13th, 1965 at Garabandal. The final chapter in an unparalleled story, which is still too recent to be evaluated with sufficient perspective.

We are coming to the ending, and endings are tinged with sadness.

As she said to Conchita, «This is the last time you will see me here», the Virgin’s voice had an ineffable sweetness.

What had begun four years previously with a blast of thunder on a sunlit day in June was coming to an end now, without fanfare, on a dismal overcast day in November.

«It was raining . . . I went up alone . . . And the Virgin said to me . . .»

There would be no more meetings at the scene where so many had taken place.

Yes, it was all over. Farewell in the rain. Why do wonderful things pass so swiftly?

When Conchita returned to herself and lifted her knees off the damp ground, when she became aware that she was alone beneath the Pines in the rain, she
herself could not say if the drops of water running down her cheeks were raindrops that the clouds were weeping for an unhappy world, or tears that she was crying because she would never again see the one she had seen so often.

Certainly the girl was in no hurry to go down from the Pines after the vision was over. Her state of mind would not allow it. She had to remain there a while, alone with her feelings.

Sadly and poignantly, she arranged and put back all the rosaries distinguished by Our Lady’s kiss. Then she took a few slow, sad steps toward the crest of the ledge on which the nine solitary pine trees have their roots, and near the cliff edge she
paused. There, partially hidden in the mist and rain was the unforgettable panorama: the mountainpeaks, the steep slopes, the winding valleys, the woods and meadows with their lonely cabins; and nearer, at her feet, the village: her village of San Sebastián de Garabandal. Her village, which during those unforgettable years, seemed to have been the Virgin’s village! Here Her merciful and smiling footsteps had passed; Here she had visited her poor and humble houses, her winding streets, her innumerable streetcorners, her church that knew her so intimately, her cemetery, that gathered all for the last rest.

How the Virgin had immersed herself in that village. As a Mother, for whom nothing about her children lacked interest. «She was interested in everything»—Conchita remembered with tears in her eyes—«even in our cows.»

Well could it be said that this was the most beautiful story of mankind since the time of Christ: the second life of the Blessed Virgin on earth; and words alone cannot adequately thank her for it.

After the farewell in the rain, all this has passed
into history.

But of all this, now history, there forever remains something ineffably new and eternal here, that those will find who come with faith, and from which they can draw strength to uphold the highest hopes and the greatest love.

This is the last time
you will see me here.

But I will be always with you,
And with all my children.

Of all the words said at Garabandal, these are the
last and the best.


11. «I found Conchita very happy. In our conversation she mentioned that during the final days of October, when she was making her usual visit in the church to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, she had a locution in which the Virgin told her that she should go up to the Pines on November 13th and should bring her religious articles that she had . . .» (Letter of Dr. Ortiz to Fr. Ramón Andreu,
dated December 13th, 1965.)

12. We are accurately giving the text that seems the best, and which differs only in very small matters from others that were also written by Conchita.

13. Apparently at that time in Garabandal a truck accident attracted more attention, by its unusualness, than the girl’s ecstasy.

14. We know of one man from France on a pilgrimage in Lourdes who got the idea, or inspiration, to send Conchita 100 rosaries of five decades and four of 15. The package arrived in time for November 13th.

15. The Virgin obviously did not condemn the use of the Chiclet as a fault. She simply invited Conchita— so devoted to her— to fulfill in this way the making of small sacrifices.