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It's been 47 years since it was known of the first apparitions of the Virgin and the announcement of a miracle
When you get to San Sebastian de Garabandal nothing indicates that in that town so much has happened. Indeed, it seems one of those many mid-mountain villages to which Sunday is going for a walk and lunch. Cases without the slightest importance. Another thing is when you decide to take a walk. At little while you know that the Virgin appearing decided in 1962 to Maria Dolores Mazon, Mari Cruz, Jacinta Gonzalez and Conchita, not just going to leave them stunned, but he would change, although it may sound very sobada sentence, the course of its history.
That was decisive not only for girls, but for hundreds of thousands of people since then, one way or another, have in San Sebastian de Garabandal its spiritual reference. That, while awaiting a notice and a miracle that is being asked twice, for between one thing and another, 47 years have passed.
Just a few meters before entering the village, on the left, a sculpture of a woman looking to the mountains. It's 'Monument to the Mother of Migrants'. That seems to explain that before Virgin decided to seek peace among the people, many others went to look for food outside the valley.Now, at least in winter, it is certain that Garabandal does not have many neighbors and environment. Not even religion, for only the second Sunday of each month is officially devotees congregate there for this virgin who decided one summer to spend time among these girls.
It has been more than forty years since the phenomenon Garabandal spread like wildfire among some religious groups. Buses will no longer queue up to enter the town one every other day too, and inns and apartments that were built in the seventies with the idea of being, besides faithful, hospitable, are virtually empty.
Things have changed a lot, but that does not detract from that with the absence of noise are delighted that they have chosen to Garabandal is his refuge.
Mary is a doctor. A specialist in pathology who has spent over half his life in Holland and has fourteen years living in Garabandal. He tells that one day in 1995, someone told him while traveling by bus to Germany of the apparitions. His conversion was a kind of sight, which he said began reading about Garabandal, and in 1996 bought a house "that cost me a fortune" and settled there for good. She is among those that believe. Of the lucky ones who are known in the right direction and they give a damn what they say. Still, he regrets what is happening in the world - "no one has faith in Spain '- and believes with all his strength and great respect for who does not know that the matter is, that the prophecies of girls, the announcement of Lady, be fulfilled. "First there will be a warning. Something bad, terrible will happen. Then after that signal, will the miracle.
Also Lucia years ago returned to the village from their parents to settle and live in an incredibly beautiful stone house, is happy that people moving out of devotion and faith. She is witness to how to move some, because at home, which is an inn a year ago has rented rooms to a German who spends the week in Garabandal and Friday is leaving for Germany. 'First to Santander, then to London and from there to your country, because they had taken the direct flight. Lucy talks about the grind that comes naturally with its host. "This is a very quiet town, very healthy and live very well here."
Some people talk about their experiences but do not want to say their names. Their stories are also rare: Young prepared a great job and a better professional future one day at odds with the book 'It was in the rush to the mountain' (Editorial Circle. Eusebio Garcia de Pesquera) and decides across half of Spain to spend some days in Garabandal. Once there, the good fortune to understand that in no other place can be better, so to pack, leave work, give "the hundreds of things we accumulate and do not need for anything", and find a peace that many die without knowing it exists and that she was waiting right there between those mountains.
Then there are the older generation, who witnessed the exception of those controversial events.Matilda is 90 years old. Anyone hear about the move and see knows that if it is true that the Virgin was there for forty-seven, Matilda liked him and gave him the best of blessings. It's nice to see her for awhile and has history. "I lived in the house before which the angel gave communion to Conchita on 18 July 1962. She was the one who had more respect after the Virgin, "he says.
"Those were different times. In those days, every night, the girls went through the houses of the village and made a cross on the beds. Also, the people gave them that bless rosaries for them and they returned to each his own after kissing them.
They went up to the pines and down on his knees and shoulders the way and had no marks on the legs. Most of the time were in ecstasy. " That tells Matilde unperturbed.
Then there are the young men as Caesar. He has heard hundreds of times what happened. "My grandmother and my mother always said weird things had happened. He says that pilgrims continue to visit the town, while acknowledging that not as much as before. Caesar also continually repeated that his mother and aunts, who were of age for girls to whom the Virgin appeared to them, were a time permanent ecstasy.
These testimonies are the neighbors and the believers who do not care about the subject, but there are some who do not even want to mention the matter with strangers. In the village there is a bar, 'Health'. There no word of the Virgin's apparitions or something like that. In fact neither time. Nor Amelia at the inn, which is a sister of one of the visionaries, they want to count things.
The final warning
The last time there was a rush of pilgrims at Garabandal was really serious in April 2002.Nobody knew exactly how, but a series of news reports over the Internet by a Belgian group, who were expected to strongly believe in Garabandal in the evening of Thursday, April 11 there would be a miracle.
That day, from early morning dozens of believers flocked to the village waiting for the Virgin appeared to him and Maria Dolores Mazon, Mari Cruz, Jacinta Gonzalez and Conchita in 1962, returned to give signals of life. But nothing.
The fact is that dozens of Americans, Belgians, Dutchmen, Irish, including Filipinos, in addition to the usual here are crazy with the story created around those girls. Come on, that if one thing is indisputable is the international character of the phenomenon. And if not, let them ask the neighbors, believe it or not believe, because they know better than anyone. Say, who was once King Baldwin.