Three days later, on Sunday, July 28th, there came to Garabandal for the first time an illustrious priest from Madrid: Father Enrique Valcarce Alfayate
«After the rosary, I remained praying for a while in the church. Suddenly Dr. Ortiz came in and told me to go outside if I wanted to see the girls in ecstasy. I went out immediately. They were walking with the people behind them. I pushed my way through and managed to join Mari Loli and Conchita, who were walking together, holding arms. Later I was told that the other two, Jacinta and Mari Cruz,
The phenomena as a whole were for
The trip was made while singing the holy rosary (the girls leading and the people in the village following) except for the Our Fathers and certain ejaculations which the girls said with great devotion, very slowly and with deep feeling.
The walk lasted from about 10:15 at night until after 11:30. During almost all this time, I was able to go with them, hanging on either to Loli’s or Conchita’s arm. By holding on this way, I was able to follow them in spite of many obstacles, running swiftly and with a strange
The end of it all took place at the church doors, which were locked. First of all Loli
And the personal impression of his experiences he wrote down in a report at Comillas:
«The rivalry displayed against Conchita by the other three didn’t make a good impression on me
Nevertheless, taken as a whole, everything that I have tried to describe was truly exceptional and amazing. It is certain that it is not a product of disease, either psychiatric or organic. It seems to me, therefore, that the facts do not have a natural explanation.
The girls show an expression of great beauty when they are in ecstasy, an expression frequently angelic (for example, with Mari Loli). But in the normal state, they are quite withdrawn, and very taciturn.
The remarks that I have just made should not be taken out of proportion. The very matter of the rivalry that I thought was found between Conchita and the other girls is a good proof that this is not an act concocted by the four girls together.
What leaves me the most confused is the matter of the senseless walks, which seem to be without basis.
But I recognize that I lack material for judgment so as to take
Therefore, if no medical explanation can be found for these phenomena, I consequently reject the
Then, what is it? I don’t know
5. A cardinal for many years in the diocese of Madrid with important functions and duties there, this priest came from the area of Leon in Bierzo, where his brother was a parish priest.
6. On August 2nd, Maximina wrote a letter to the Pifarrè family:
«Saturday (July 22) was extremely moving. There were many people and the four girls had an apparition. They went
separatedin pairs. As there were so many people, it was better that way: some in one direction and others in another. The four girls sang the rosary together—in different places. While we were with Loli and Conchita at the Pines, the singing of the people going with the other two girls through the village could be heard perfectly. All were singing at the same time up above and down below. Look, it made a marvelous sensation. It seemed that I saw Dr. Ortiz singing with all his might. Good, we all sing whatever we can .»
7. It should be pointed out that Father Enrique Valcarce was advanced in both years and kilograms and was not exactly in shape for an obstacle course. Only when he was hanging onto the girls did he feel extremely light.
—Heavens, Reverend Father —someone said—be careful on these streets at such speed, or you’ll kill yourself.
—Don’t worry—he answered—I feel as though I have lost 40 years.
8. Father Enrique put down in his report:
«I had the good luck that the first persons whom I met were the alleged visionaries. I had just heard that on that day, Saturday, July 28th, Mari Loli had received Communion from the hands of an angel, and only she. Meeting then with Conchita, I immediately told her that I had learned that Mari Loli had received Communion. Right away she answered me with a certain air of reproach: I myself
receivemany more times than anyone else; I— almost every day; they—very few times .»
If the report of Father Enrique reproduces faithfully the words and tone of Conchita, it should be recognized that the girl was still far from perfection, like Jesus’ disciples who, even at the time of the Last Supper, were disputing among themselves which of them was the greatest. (Luke 22: 24)
9. At the time of making his report, it seems this way to Father Enrique; but it should be pointed out that he had different feelings when he was taking part in these things.
10. It is easy to answer these and the other difficulties of Father Enrique, understandable
insomeone with only brief experience with Garabandal. Those who have attentivelyfollowed it from the beginning can see clearer in the matters that were obscure to him.