Neuropsychiatrist Ricardo Puncerneau examined the four seers thoroughly for 12 days. Not being able to find a convincing natural scientific explanation for the events, he finds himself journeying from the position of'sceptic to 'firm believer'.
In the 1980's Laurie Ginnivan was privileged to meet and question nine first hand witnesses to the ecstasies of the four visionaries at Garabandal, Spain, from 1961 to 1965. With the assistance of a valued colleague, Laurie now details some of those remarkable encounters.
Author and good friend of mine, Ramon Perez, has very kindly allowed me to use appropriate quotes from his excellent book, "The Village Speaks", to help with my articles. Ramon is still working hard in France producing important information on the Garabandal apparitions. He is currently, among other endeavours, nearing the completion of a special edition for Russia.
Since the phenomena accompanying these apparitions so often defied the laws of nature and physics, I'd like to commence with some quotes from what I consider is a very significant chapter in Ramon's book.
Signs of Credibility
Each time God wants to communicate something important to humanity, an old truth or a reminder of the truth, He authenticates His message by signs or miracles, which cannot be explained as freaks of nature.
The Old Testament abounds in prodigies, the very number of which proves that even the marvellous, the extraordinary, God gives us in abundance. The gospels are full of the miracles of Jesus, signs which were also acts of love.
My lover speaks; he says to me. "Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!For see the winter is past, the rains are over and gone.The flowers appear on the earth, the time of pruning the vines has come, and the song of the dove is heard in our land.The fig tree puts forth its figs, and the vines, in bloom, give forth fragrance.Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!
O my dove in the clefts of therock, in the secret recesses of thecliff, let me see you, let me hear yourvoice, for your voice is sweet andyou are lovely".