We begin our story:
SUNDAY, JUNE 18, 1961:
A UNIQUE "DAY OF THE LORD"
On that Sunday, in late afternoon, Conchita, Jacinta, Mari-Loli and Mari-Cruz were playing in the open area of the village. They suddenly decided to go and play a little farther on in the neighboring countryside. When they came up to the teacher's garden, they yielded to the temptation of picking small fruit, hardly ripened and fallen from his apple tree.
[Excerpted from 'Garabandal' Book, pages 26, 27]
The calleja reminds me of the Cova da Iria in Fatima where the three seers, Jacinta, Francisco, and Lucia saw Our Lady on the 13th of each month from May to October, 1917. I had read about Fatima in a book titled 'Our Lady of Fatima' by William Thomas Walsh before I heard of Garabandal. When I did read about Garabandal, I immediately saw the connection between the two events, especially the link of Carmel. On October 13, 1917, during that last apparition, after the Miracle of the Sun, Our Lady appeared in the sky as Our Lady of Mount Carmel, holding out the Brown Scapular to the world. At Garabandal Our Lady appeared under the title of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, so the connection hit me like a ton of bricks. There were many more similarities that I will point out as our story continues . . .