Monday, August 30, 2010

MONDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1962:




AGAIN "FEAST OF OUR LADY OF
THE HOLY ROSARY" AT GARABANDAL.
MSGR. BEITIA'S 1st NOTE.


This feast of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was highlighted by the magnificent ecstasy of Conchita who ran through the village, while singing the rosary for more than an hour. According to the visionary, "the rosary is a very important part of the Message of Our Lady at Garabandal." Recommended by the Blessed Virgin at La Salette, at Lourdes, at Fatima and also at Pontmain, all the Popes of modern times have also advocated it. It is the "Breviary of the whole Gospel," according to Pius XII. The rosary, as recited and even sung at San Sebastian de Garabandal, was already in itself a kind of irrefutable proof of the authenticity of the phenomena for may witnesses, notably for priests fascinated by the quality and the supernatural emotion perceived, when recited (i.e. prayed and at times sung, as we said) by the seers in ecstasy.
On that day as well, the Blessed Virgin kissed Loli's Missal page by page. As to Msgr. Beitia's 1st Note, see hereafter the following days.
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 151]



Yes, the Rosary is a great prayer because it is Our Lady's prayer, given to us through her to St. Dominic. And it is a miniature Gospel, especially if it is prayed correctly by meditating on the
mysteries . . .

My favorite way to pray it is the Scriptural Rosary. This way my mind is always on the Mystery and does not stray . . .

The Missal pages that Our Lady kissed were cut into small pieces and inserted into medals that were struck showing an image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. I have a few of these. Our Lady told the seers that "Jesus would perform prodigies for those who venerate the kissed objects!" Many people have reported healings and miracles after kissing the relics. A lot of these reports are being documented, so that they will be used as evidence for the approval of the apparitions by the Church sometime in the future. You can still get a "kissed relic" from 'Garabandal Magazine' and also, I believe, at one of the Garabandal Web Sites on my Favorite Links.


Deacon John

Friday, August 27, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1962:




TOWARD THE "SECOND ECUMENICAL VATICAN COUNCIL"


For several days already, Conchita had been heard exchanging statements with her Vision about the Council. This Council was to open two weeks later.
On the morning of this 26th of September, don Lavaca, a Basque priest who happened to be there, recorded the exceptional words of Conchita during her ecstasy, among them: "The Council is the greatest of all! . . . It will be a success! . . . How good this is! . . . Thus you (the Virgin Mary) will be better known, and you will be very happy . . ." Shortly after, and later on several occasions, Conchita was to affirm, very firmly, that Our Lady had assured her of "the extraordinary success of the Council." And, in fact, not only for its doctrinal content and as a very great historical and ecclesiastical event, but also for the countless and very important later authoritative applications of all its exceptionally enlightened and profound Teachings.
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 150]


Some "Catholics" don't believe the Second Vatican Council was a success! They want to return to the days before the Council. Others have taken the Council's Teachings and twisted them to their own agendas, such as throwing out all our sacred devotions like Benediction, Adoration, Holy Hours, stripping the churches of statues and icons; etc., etc.

I have read the documents of Vatican II and I can tell you that they are marvelous! When you read the text, you can almost feel the Holy Spirit speaking to your heart! Believe me, the basics of our Faith have not changed. It is all in there, in those powerful documents! And they never asked for our churches to be stripped or modernized. They never asked for the sacrileges, the blasphemies, the watered down Liturgies; the celebrants not following the rubrics according to the Vatican; they never asked for the True Presence of Jesus in the tabernacle to be removed from the sanctuary. I could go on and on, but there is a reform of the reform coming! Thank God!

If you want to see what the true Vatican II texts taught, watch EWTN and their Liturgies. At least there you will find peace of soul in worshiping Almighty God in the correct way!


One more thing, I would not be an ordained Permanent Deacon if there was no Vatican II. I am a product of it! Thank you Blessed John XXIII; Thank you, Pope Paul VI . . .
God Bless us all+
Deacon John

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1962:




"COMMUNISM" IS MENTIONED AGAIN . . .
ON THIS ANNIVERSARY DAY OF THE
"APPARITIONS OF LA SALETTE"

Mari-Loli and Jacinta again mentioned the theme of communism. A theme suited to the occasion on this anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at La Salette, on September 19, 1846. We know that certain elements of Melanie's famous secret indeed concerned the great evil of communism that was then soon to begin to spread more and more throughout the world . . .
As they came out of their ecstasy, the two visionaries did not want to disclose Our Lady's words: these were certainly related to the very difficult period of time of the Pre-Aviso. It was only in 1978 that Mari-Loli and Jacinta confirmed the fact that Mary had really spoken to them of communism and had done so on more than one occasion.
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 150]

Who could forget the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. The world was on the brink of nuclear war! I think Our Lady had a lot to do in stopping that horror! Then it seemed that communism was disappearing after the 80's and 90's, but actually, it's gotten worse in countries like China and North Korea. Now we have communism creeping into South America with so-called dictators vowing to destroy democracy and hating America. So, maybe communism will be the scourge that will bring God's intervention with the Warning and conversion of the world. We will see . . .
Deacon John

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Monday, August 23, 2010

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1962:




THE "BLESSED VIRGIN'S FOOL"

A day to remember for its spiritual teaching . . . The ecstasy of this Monday led Mari-Loli and Conchita to Alfonso's place, the one who was nicknamed, rather unkindly, "the village's fool." Having made the sign of the cross over his pillow and offered him the crucifix to kiss, the two visionaries explained the reasons for their gestures: "The Blessed Virgin told us, 'You hold him in contempt, but I love him' ".
[Excerpted from 'Garabandal' Book, page 150]


Wow! What a lesson for us! How many times have we looked upon certain people with contempt? I know I have. But after reading this statement of Our Blessed Lady many years ago, I really changed my outlook about others and tried to treat everyone equally. I remember how annoying driving in NYC was when at every traffic light there was a hobo trying to wipe my window with a dirty rag and looking for a handout. I went to confession one day (a Franciscan priest) and told him my thoughts about these people. The priest said, "You know, that 25 cents you could have gave the man, could have let him live one more night!" And then I also heard Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta say that she "sends people out to beg, cause that's their job in life, and always rejoices with them if someone gave them something." Boy did that change my outlook! I started to give away quarters like crazy and even my lunch or any fruit I had with me to make these people happy. If the Blessed Mother loves them, I better love them too! What do you think?
Deacon John

Friday, August 20, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1962:


Mari-Cruz

MARI-CRUZ STOPS SEEING THE
BLESSED VIRGIN OF MOUNT CARMEL
 
Of the four visionaries, Mari-Cruz was the least favored with ecstasies. They stopped completely for her on this September 12, 1962 (the very day of the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary). She would suffer a great deal from this . . . to such an extent that she would come to deny that she had ever seen anything supernatural at San Sebastian de Garabandal.

The most probable explanations of the "Mari-Cruz enigma" undoubtedly resides in the opposition of her parents who, more or less, 'disapproved' of these phenomena from the very beginning. At Garabandal, the Blessed Virgin always had respect for the authority of the parents.
(Mari-Cruz became a simple mournful observer of her companions in ecstasy. Conchita liked her very much and said that she was the kindest of the four visionaries, and that her doubts would be dispelled after the Aviso and the great Miracle.)
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 149]


Oh, to be left out! Imagine what that was like. Did it ever happen to you, that some of your friends did something together, and left you out? It's happened to me, and is still happening. I feel just like Mari-Cruz cause I can't join in and do what I love to do! I know one thing, it's a great offering of suffering for the offenses committed against the Sacred Heart and Immaculate Heart! Amen.
Deacon John

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1962:


Conchita.

"THE POPE AND PADRE PIO WILL SEE THE MIRACLE" . . .

Conchita explained Our Lady's remarks to Dr. Celestino Ortiz: "This Miracle will be a very great one. The Pope, wherever we may want him to be, will see it. And Padre Pio as well."
The odd turn of the visionary's statement concerning the location from which the Sovereign Pontiff will see the Miracle, leads us to suppose that he will not be at the Vatican for the great event. (Conchita's own repeated opinion). As to Blessed Padre Pio seeing (in advance) the Miracle, cf. infra, Part III, on October 17-18, 1968.
[Excerpt from 'Garabandal' Book, page 147]



That was an odd way to describe the Pope's witness of the Miracle. I had read before that he would see the Miracle from wherever he was. Now for the first time the statement reads "wherever we may want him to be." It sounds like Conchita is saying the Pope will be at Garabandal for the Miracle. That would be fantastic, if true! We'll have to wait and see. Of course it may mean something else, only God knows for sure . . .

As for Padre Pio, as we will read later on, he did see the Miracle before he died, which was verified by some of his brother friars. We'll hear more about that later too . . .
Padre Pio portretImage via Wikipedia


Little by little, we are learning more and more about the three great supernatural events that will soon take place to shake up the world, 1. The Warning; 2. The Miracle; 3. The Great Sign. Well that's what mysteries are all about. If we knew everything already, it wouldn't be a mystery. Keep tuned!
Deacon John
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

From Mark Mallett: Weather ( The Coming Age of Hope)

Weather


IN my 1997 television documentary, What in the World is Going On?, a Canadian weather analyst spoke about the bizarre extremes in weather. Thirteen years later, those extremes continue with this year being more pronounced than ever.
In prayer, I sensed the Father say,
Do not doubt that I am speaking through the weather. Am I not the Lord of sun, snow, rain, and wind? All pour forth from my storehouse. But man himself can inhibit My natural order. Man himself can interfere with divine providence. Hence, I have forewarned from of old the "natural disasters" that would come because of man’s sin—because man himself would wreck the world that I created. Heaven itself is weeping at the awful sight: the power of man that strikes at the earth’s very foundations… The Divine Order has been interrupted and chaos and horror will follow man because he has left open the door to the spirit of death("Abaddon"; cf. Rev 9:11) Who can close the door but My Son? When the world cries out for Jesus, then He will come .Until then, death will be the companion of earth’s inhabitants. I grieve. Death is not my plan, but life. Come back to Me My children… come back to Me.

THE WRATH OF MAN
In a world where conspiracy theories swirl like a thousand dust clouds, it is difficult to ascertain just how much man is deliberately affecting his environment. There is no question that greed alone has done tremendous harm to the environment and our natural resources. The depletion of fresh water through careless pollution, the tainting of natural foods through genetic modification, the deluge of chemicals sprayed onto our crops, the pollution of air and water through manufacturing and refining, and the overfishing and dumping of toxins in our oceans and lakes is shocking and heartbreaking—much of it the result of shortcuts or negligence in the name of increased profits.
There is also another front on the attack against creation and life, and that is the deliberate use of weaponry and technology to alter our environment and the earth itself. This is not conjecture but a statement straight from the American govenment’s Department of Defense.
There are some reports, for example, that some countries have been trying to construct something like an Ebola Virus, and that would be a very dangerous phenomenon, to say the least… some scientists in their laboratories [are] trying to devise certain types of pathogens that would be ethnic specific so that they could just eliminate certain ethnic groups and races; and others are designing some sort of engineering, some sort of insects that can destroy specific crops. Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves. —Secretary of Defense, William S. Cohen, April 28, 1997, 8:45 AM EDT, Department of Defense; seewww.defense.gov
And now we have the disturbing scenario unfolding before our eyes in the Gulf of Mexico. One theory as to why the entire globe is under the siege of extreme weather (in my province here in Canada, we are experiencing record rainfalls while a province over, they are stuck in a drought) is that the oil spill there has disrupted oceanic streams. Ocean currents, and the warm or cold water they carry, have an effect on the upper atmosphere. According to
Dr. Gianluigi Zangari of the Research Division of the National Institute of Nuclear Physics at Frascati National Laboratories in Italy, there is evidence that the massive amount of oil spilled has caused a disruption of the Loop Current in the Gulf. This has resulted in a dramatic weakening in the vorticity (speed, flow, etc.) of the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Current, and a reduction in North Atlantic water temperatures of up to 10 degrees Celsius.
As displayed by both by the sea surface maps and the sea surface height maps, the Loop Current broke down for the first time around May 18th and generated a clock wise eddy, which is still active. As of today the situation has deteriorated up to the point in which the eddy has detached itself completely from the main stream therefore destroying completely the Loop Current. ..It is reasonable to foresee the threat that the breaking of [such] a crucial warm stream as the Loop Current may generate a chain reaction of unpredictable critical phenomena and instabilities due to strong non-linearities which may have serious consequences on the dynamics of the Gulf Stream thermoregulation activity of the Global Climate. —Dr. Gianluigi Zangari, europebusines.blogspot.com
The result may be continued dramatic changes in global climate that will drive the world into a deep famine through destroyed crops and depleted food resources. 
As I ponder this billowing Perfect Storm, I wonder if this is not why many are hearing the Lord calling us to "prepare," not only spiritually but physically? (See Time to Prepare).

LOST AT SEA
The ruling elite’s solution to the distressing destruction of creation is shallow if not counter-productive: cut "greenhouse gas" emissions. Pope Benedict, in an encyclical that breaks through the clamor of politics and special interest lobbyists, points to the very source of the environmental chaos around us: we have lost the sense of who we are.
When nature, including the human being, is viewed as the result of mere chance or evolutionary determinism, our sense of responsibility wanes. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Charity in Truthn. 48
That is, if all we are as human beings is another set of molecules among a diverse set of molecules all randomly arranged in what we call the world today… then why not manipulate and glean from the planet what one can? Let the "survival of the fittest" take its course. Since morality is subjective in such a world view and rights are then determined, not by their involiability and intrinsic connection to natural law but according to the will of the ruling elite, the balance of creation is then subject to whoever holds the scales. Such an atheistic worldview has brought us to the brink of where we are today. Creation, including man himself, has become an object to be experimented with by those with enough money, power and audacity to confront the natural order.
If there is a lack of respect for the right to life and to a natural death, if human conception, gestation and birth are made artificial, if human embryos are sacrificed to research, the conscience of society ends up losing the concept of human ecology and, along with it, that of environmental ecology. It is contradictory to insist that future generations respect the natural environment when our educational systems and laws do not help them to respect themselves. —POPE BENEDICT XVI, Encyclical Charity in Truthn. 51
And so, indeed, the Lord grieves as He leans over creation and perhaps the most destructive and wayward generation since the foundations of the world were laid.
The Lord’s question: "What have you done?", which Cain cannot escape, is addressed also to the people of today, to make them realize the extent and gravity of the attacks against life which continue to mark human history… Whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself. —POPE JOHN PAUL II, Evangelium Vitae; n. 10
The "end times" seems to me to be less and less some kind of mystical period, but rather one that naturally flows from the wayward heart of man into his surroundings. The Final Confrontation of our times is simply the epic and conclusive battle between the culture of life and the culture of death. The destruction we are seeing and are going to will likely not be mysterious flames from Heaven or falling stars (at least not in the beginning) but rather the spiritual principal of man reaping what he has sown and the consequent rebellion of nature. The "labor pains" Jesus foretold are foremost the fruit of mankind ultimately rejecting the Gospel message and His Kingdom, and instead pursuing the creation of his own utopia, his own Garden of Eden. The disaster Christ speaks of is not thunderbolts sent from His own hand, but weapons of destruction crafted by man himself.
[In the children of Fatima's vision] The angel with the flaming sword on the left of the Mother of God recalls similar images in the Book of Revelation. This represents the threat of judgment which looms over the world. Today the prospect that the world might be reduced to ashes by a sea of fire no longer seems pure fantasy: man himself, with his inventions, has forged the flaming sword. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (POPE BENEDICT XVI), The Message of Fatima, from the Vatican’s website

THE COMING AGE OF HOPE
The destruction of the "end times," then, is mostly God stepping back and permitting mankind to bring his rebellion to its apex—symbolized and incarnated most insidiously in the godless societal engineer Tradition calls the" Antichrist," that "son of perdition." It is then, when lawlessness reaches its climax, that the purifying hand of God will conquer the enemies of life, and the Spirit of God will pour forth and renew the face of the earth. It is then that the Church, reduced in number and purified by The Great Storm of our times, will spread her holy teaching to every nation and establish the Gospel to the far reaches of the earth as the rule of life. It is then that the Heart of Mary and the Heart of Christ will reign spiritually throughout the world for a time, fulfilling the promises of Sacred Scripture; then that the will of God will find fulfillment on earth as it is in Heaven; then that the culture of life will trample the culture of death, and the order of wicked men will collapse beneath the heel of the Divine order. It is then that the entire People of God—Jew and gentile—will be veiled as a Bride in all her splendor and beauty and made spotless and ready to receive the Lord when He returns on the clouds in glory.
There is much to come… and all lies within the plans of divine providence.
We are now standing in the face of the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through. I do not think that wide circles of the American society or wide circles of the Christian community realize this fully. We are now facing the final confrontation between the Church and the anti-Church, of the Gospel versus the anti-Gospel. This confrontation lies within the plans of divine Providence; it is a trial which the whole Church, and the Polish Church in particular, must take up. It is a trial of not only our nation and the Church, but in a sense a test of 2,000 years of culture and Christian civilization, with all of its consequences for human dignity, individual rights, human rights and the rights of nations. — Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (POPE JOHN PAUL II), Eucharistic Congress, Philadelphia, PA, August 13, 1976
When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain—and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time? (Luke 12:54-56)

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Friday, August 13, 2010

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1962:


Conchita in ecstasy at the Pines.

ABOUT THE FUTURE MIRACLE

Conchita insistently questioned her Vision about the future great Miracle to come, of which she knew since October 18, 1961: ". . . Yes, you had said that you would perform a Miracle . . . and that it would consist in what? . . . Will the Blessed Virgin be seen? And when? . . . So soon? . . . With me alone, no! I don't want it so . . . Do not do that! Do it with the four of us! . . ."

The great Miracle will come about through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin of Mount Carmel, but, on a certain level, Conchita, so she was also told, would be personally involved in obtaining it from God.
[Excerpt from 'Garabandal' Book, page 147]


The future great Miracle will finalize the Garabandal Events and prove their reality. Those who go to Garabandal in person to witness it (an act of faith) will be cured of whatever ailment they have; the cure is unconditional, Our Lady said "All will be cured!" So if you have some terminal disease and want to be healed, go there for the Miracle. It will be announced 8 days in advance by Conchita and it will happen within a year after the Warning. Dr. Rosalie Turton from the 101 Foundation has planes reserved for the flight to Garabandal. You can register at this web address: http://www.101foundation.com/pilgrimage/Garabandal.html Have you got your bag packed? Of course, it would take another miracle for me to get my wife Marianne, who has end stage kidney failure, there for the Great Miracle. Right now, we have no money to buy a plane ticket but if Our Lady wants us to be there, she will provide the way! Either way, I certainly will celebrate this supernatural Event from God. Years ago, when I was a young man, I gave up drinking any alcohol including beer. But I did make this vow: That on the day of the Great Miracle, I would celebrate by having a glass of beer! I'm looking forward to that! :-) 
Roman Deacon

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1962:


Maximina & family with Aniceta and Conchita.

A FUTURE PRIEST . . .

Maximina, a very young widow, had two children, one of them a boy of only a few months when, in 1962, Conchita was told in an ecstasy that he would become a priest. A news that the visionary would tell her aunt later.
[Excerpt from 'Garabandal' Book, page 147]



Interesting prophecy. I'm not going to wonder if it was fulfilled, if Our Lady wants us to know what happened to this child, she will let it be known . . .

Someone asked me once: "What if Garabandal was not true, that the prophecies never come about, that all those involved just die and nothing happens?" I responded that I would be sad that these hoped for events would not happen, and that all I believed about the apparitions was false, but my faith in the Church would not be weakened. But I firmly believe in Garabandal, as much as I believe in Lourdes, La Salette, Fatima, and so many other apparitions of Our Lady, but I would be obedient to the Rome's decision and immediately delete this Blog Site! So far the Church has not condemned Garabandal and it is still under investigation.

How about you? Would your faith be shaken if the Church condemned Garabandal?
Why not post your thoughts here. Lets have a discussion!!!
Deacon John

Monday, August 9, 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 1962:



The three Brothers with Mari-Cruz and Jacinta.

FEAST OF THE "TRANSFIGURATION OF THE LORD":
CONCHITA AGAIN RECEIVES HOLY COMMUNION
AT THE PINES, FROM THE HAND OF ST. MICHAEL,
IN THE PRESENCE OF OUTSTANDING WITNESSES

Three Brothers Hospitallers of St. John of God arrived at San Sebastian de Garabandal on this August 6, from the "Instituto Psiquiatro de Mondragon, the site of their apostolate. Visiting the
village for the first time, they climbed up to the Pines. There they found Conchita with the three other girls. They offered to share their breakfast with them. But Conchita told them that the Angel (St. Michael) was to give her Holy Communion. Amazed, the Brothers of St. John of God were effectively to witness the "event," unable, of course, to see the Host. Nevertheless, they took superb photos of this ecstasy . . .
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 144]


Witnesses are the most important people regarding an ecstasy. And if they are Religious (priests, brothers, etc.) they are more qualified to report what they have seen. Of course, not all witnesses will believe in the supernatural events, many are closed minded, and not child-like to accept God's intervention in the world. I remember one priest friend, (he died a few years ago) who had gone to Lourdes, seeing all the sick people there, all the commercialization around the place, who said to me he didn't believe in Lourdes! Imagine that! I was shocked! I always say, "Let's not put God in a box." Who are we to say God can't or won't do this or that. This is a big problem with today's generation, they want to scientifically prove everything! My response to a priest once who said that Jesus only rose in the spirit, was, "It takes faith to believe in the bodily resurrection!" Let's pray for an increase of faith in all the world. Amen.
Deacon John

Thursday, August 5, 2010

WEDNESDAY, JULY 18-19, 1962:


The Host, visible and as if it were alive, on Conchita's tongue.

THE "MILAGRUCU" (ON THE VERY
FEASTDAY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL)

The "Milagrucu," in other words, the little miracle": that is how Conchita described the wonder that was to take place. For the visionary, indeed, the fact that the consecrated Hosts, usually given to her by the Angel and most of the time before a large crowd, were invisible, was much more astonishing!
On the Feast also of St. Sebastian, (thanks to an Indult from Rome, since January 20 is normally the day of its celebration), Patron Saint of the village, Conchita was indeed to receive her "first call" . . . at 11:30 p.m. As to the ecstasy itself, it was to be over at . . . 2 a.m. The time here was exactly the same as that of the first great apparition at the "Rue de Bac" (the famous "Miraculous Medal" sanctuary in Paris) on July 18-19, 1830, the very liturgical Feastday of St. Vincent de Paul!

On the morning of the events, Conchita, inadvertently, had already received Communion from the hands of a priest in the village church. This explains, perhaps, but only in part, that the "Milagrucu" occurred not on July 18, the date originally predicted, but rather in the night of July 18 to 19.

This sign was brought about to help people believe, and to confirm the supernatural authenticity of the "events" of San Sebastian de Garabandal.

"La forma! La forma! La forma!," shouted the crowd with one voice when Conchita held out her tongue and, suddenly, in a split second, appearing like lightning, the Host was deposited there. It was white, the same size as the Hosts commonly used, but slightly thicker. It remained visible on Conchita's tongue for almost two minutes.

To this day, all the history of Christian spirituality and hagiography attest to the possibility of such a miracle. Considering the numerous and perfectly reliable testimonies we have at our disposal, it would be worth writing a substantial monograph about it . . . (that will be done later -- J.S.).

At the end Conchita fell in ecstasy on her knees, in a puddle of water . . . to receive the Host from St. Michael's hand. It was about 1:40 a.m. . . . July 19!

We owe the film of the "Milagrucu" to Alejandro Damians, an engineer from Barcelona. He used his amateur camera with the sole light of a full moon and a few flashlights. Msgr. Beitia quickly expressed his keen desire to see the film and have a copy of it in his possession.
Informed by a letter from Conchita, Dr. Jean Caux (Paris) was on the premises with his camera on the night of the "Milagrucu." Unfortunately, he was unable to film anything, for lack of a flash. This "deprivation" upset him to the point of modifying his life considerably and determining his spiritual journey in a decisive way. It was probably to sooth his bitter disappointment that Conchita, during her ecstasy, presented her crucifix to the famous physician for him to kiss it . . . three times!
All through his stays in the village from 1961 to 1965, Dr. Jean-Baptiste Caux shot some of the most beautiful films ever about Garabandal. Being also an aesthetician surgeon in Paris, this professional of beauty was first touched by the unparalleled grace of the girls in ecstasy. After having attended many other "apparitions" and all kinds of "trances" for more than thirty years and throughout all of Europe, he found the quality of the phenomenon he was able to witness in San Sebastian de Garabandal, absolutely unsurpassable and unequaled.
[From 'Garabandal' Book, pages 142-143]


God does things in His own time and fashion! Many people in the village left when the "little miracle" didn't happen on the 18th of July. They had no patience and went home. But because Our Lady is always obedient, (the Church only allowed one Holy Communion per day at that time) She waited until after midnight to allow the Angel to give Conchita Holy Communion. Our Lady said "Obedience to the Church, gives great glory to God!" That's a good lesson for us.
I remember in New York, there was a woman who went from church to church, receiving Communion in each one. She was finally confronted one day and told to stop because the Church says (in our time) that a person can receive twice in one day, provided he or she stays for the whole Mass, and the second Mass should only be a special one like a funeral or wedding, etc. It's different for a priest, of course. Some priests have to celebrate more than two Masses, but a priest must receive the Host he consecrated to make the Mass complete!

About that French Doctor, I read elsewhere that (He said this himself in an interview) he was in mortal sin, living with a woman, and that's why he was denied from taking the pictures of the "little miracle"! He had a change of conscience after that and changed his lifestyle! A great Garabandal conversion story!
Deacon John

Monday, August 2, 2010

TUESDAY, JULY 3, 1962:


Conchita and Aniceta with the family's little donkey (1964).

CONCHITA PREDICTS THE FUTURE "MILAGRUCU"

As the "voice" had asked her, from this day on Conchita began to spread the news of the "Milagrucu," first of all warning the village, then writing to the main witnesses of the events of San Sebastian de Garabandal: "People will see the Host, that the Angel will give me,
appearing on my tongue" . . .
[From 'Garabandal' Book, page 138]



Conchita is preparing everyone of the "Little Miracle", but wait till you hear what happens in our next installment. It shows us how weak people's faith becomes when God tests them with patience. I guess we are all the same. How many times have we asked God for some grace and when we don't get it right away, we become impatient and our prayers and faith start to diminish. Even Our Blessed Mother and Saint Joseph were tested with patience; remember when the Child Jesus was lost when He was 12 years old, He tested Mary and Joseph by His absence, until they found Him in the Temple. Mary said to Jesus: "Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress." And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" [Luke 2:48-49]
Deacon John

Sunday, August 1, 2010