Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 13

When we were in San Sebastián de Garabandal days later the girls told me that the Virgin had told them that Fr. Luís had seen Her when he yelled: “Miracle, miracle” in the pines, and he was going to speak more. I witnessed the first of the different dialogues they had until that date with him, and all of the scenes they had in those painful moments on the morning of August 9, 1961. They had a special significance for me in the Providence of God and the love of Mary, who has played a very important role.

The words of Fr. Royo Marín come again, as commented the last words that Fr. Luís pronounced in this world: “This is the happiest day of my life.”

Fr. Royo Marín told us: “Truly the day that we arrive in God’s arms is the happiest of our lives.”

This day was August 9, 1961 and the time was 4:20 in the morning when we returned from San Sebastián de Garabandal.


Monday, December 24, 2012

New comment on [Video] CHASTISEMENT IS COMING so SOON per Conchit....

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Isn't Joey supposed to get his eyesight back and how about the sign in the pines? Isn't that supposed to happen before the major chastisement?

Joey will get his new eyes after the Warning, which could be a chastisement for some. Then the Miracle and then the Great Sign.

May the Virgin Mary, with her loving Child, bless us!
"May the Lord grant all your prayers!" (Psalm 20)
Deacon John

[Video] CHASTISEMENT IS COMING so SOON per Conchita!!!


Friday, December 21, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 12

In Torrelavega we met another Jeep that had gone with people from Aguilar de Campoo, and was stopped. It was the Jeep that had brought us up to San Sebastián de Garabandal. We stopped to see if they needed anything, and José Salceda, who was a mechanic, went down with Fr. Luís and they spoke with them a little.

In this second return trip we spoke for a while and I said: “Father, why don’t you sleep for a little while.” He did this for about an hour, until a little after we arrived at Reinosa. When he awoke he said: “I have had a very deep sleep. I feel very well, I’m not the least bit tired.”

We were all tired because it was already four in the morning. In Reinosa we stopped at a fountain to get a drink.

We continued the trip and after driving for awhile we neared the city and Fr. Luís repeated the sentences that had characterized the conversation we brought: “I am full of words. What a gift the Virgin has given me! How lucky to have a mother like that in heaven! We don’t have to be afraid of the supernatural life. The girls have given us an example of what it is to know the Virgin. I don’t have the least doubt that what the girls say is true. How wonderful that the Virgin has chosen us! Today is the happiest day of my life.”

Upon saying this sentence he stopped talking. I asked him a question, and when he did not respond I asked him again: “Father. Has something happened?” I thought that he had left. He responded: “No, nothing, I’m tired.” He inclined his head and made a slight gesture.

José Salceda turned towards him and when he saw the priest’s eyes said: “The priest is very bad.”  My wife took his wrist and when she didn’t find a pulse said: “Stop, he doesn’t have a pulse, and there is a clinic here.” I believed that this was just dizziness and I said: “Don’t worry, Father, it’s nothing, it will pass in a moment.” My wife said: “We are going to bring him to a clinic.” I responded: “Don’t say foolish things.” But she added: “He’s unconscious.”

We had stopped near a clinic, about five or ten meters away from it. We called and a nurse immediately opened the door. When she saw Father she said that he was dead. My wife said that this could not be, and to do something. The nurse gave him an injection.

In the midst of this, José Salceda went to find a priest and a doctor. The doctor arrived within 10 minutes. He was Dr. Vicente González, who could only establish that Fr. Luís was a dead. The parish priest arrived immediately after and administered Extreme Unction.

The comment that has been repeated when we were asked of what Fr. Luís died has been this: “He died of happiness.”

In the fraction of a second when he passed from life to death, a smile remained on his lips. There was no change in his exterior, only a light gesture after he said: “No, nothing, I’m tired.”


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Benjamín saw the Virgin as the girls did, and he also heard her voice.

The Apparitions of the Virgin Mary in San Sebastián de Garabandal

Mr. Benjamín Gómez, in front of the orchard near Conchita’s house.

Mr. Benjamín Gómez, a neighbor from Pesués, Cantabria, a village near Garabandal, witnessed many of the girls’ ecstasies.

During the Apparitions of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, there was a great change in his life, since he had been living away from the Church for many years.

During the Apparitions he converted and regained the peace and happiness of living in the Grace of God.

Among the events he personally witnessed, there are some that he used to frequently tell to outsiders:

He was a very strong man in his youth, with such strength that according to him, he could easily lift more than one hundred kilos with both hands.  Nevertheless, he was incapable of moving the girls in ecstasy, something that impressed him greatly.

On one occasion he had a proof of the existence of Purgatory:

He was walking with his donkey through the field when suddenly he saw someone he knew who had died several years before.  He was suffering, covered in a warm light like fire.  The donkey became frightened and ran away.  Benjamín continued looking and said to himself, “how is it possible that this man is suffering there in the other life and no one helps him?

He knew that, in that particular location, this man had taken part in a crime during the Civil War and it was in that same place where he was suffering from the guilt.  He commented on this to an old friend in the village of Pesués and his friend said:

 “I saw him also, but I didn’t want to tell you because I didn’t want you to laugh at me.”

From that time on, he didn’t stop praying for him, especially after his conversion.

An event that was very important for his life was when, as a result of a serious illness, he entered into a coma and could not eat or drink.  Everyone in the village awaited the hour of his death.

Benjamín relates it like this:

In the year 1970, on April 17, I came to Garabandal, and I walked up because in those days there was no paved highway.  I used to walk fairly regularly, since I have been suffering many ailments for years, but God and the Virgin knew what to do with me.  I arrived in Garabandal and I went to Conchita’s fountain, as the villagers call it, to find water.

I drank a little water very carefully because I was tired, and I do not know what that water did do to my body. What is certain is that I became very, very, sick.  The next day I was taken by car back down to my village.

They called the doctor, and when he took my temperature it scared him.  We had known each other for a long time and he took a special interest, and I was very sick.  I went eighteen days without eating or drinking anything.  I was very thirsty, but If I drank as little as two drops of any liquid it would trigger such chills that nothing could take them away from me, not even with hot drinks or anything.  I couldn’t eat anything, I would have preferred to die before eating anything.

After eighteen days I began to drink a little chicken broth.  So you could say that I spent thirty-eight days this without eating or drinking anything except little bits of chicken broth.

The last days I lost my senses completely; I didn’t know if it was day or night and the people were waiting to hear the Church bells ring, announcing that Benjamín had died.  Several of my friends had come from Torrelavega, Santander, and Asturias, and everyone expected to hear that I had died.

At that point, many have said that suddenly, he woke up and felt healed, but he told the true story later, privately, to a friend:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal appeared at a certain height above the foot of his bed, looking just as the children described her, and with a Mother’s love she cured him in an instant and he was able to get up, eat, and live a normal life.

Benjamín said:

“Although it is a Miracle from God, I say it is from the Virgin because:

 This poor Mother has done such things for me that I can only cry... I can only put her in the first place and She will do with me what she sees fit.”

At this moment Benjamín begins to cry... from true contrition, for love of God and the Virgin Mother.

He tells about this Vision:

 “There is nothing human or imaginable that could explain what I felt; the divine and the human have nothing to do with one another.”

He was referring to the fact that he didn’t know how to explain with anything in this world, the supernatural things that he felt when he saw the Virgin.

Later, from his home in Pesués, and in Garabandal, in his little house next to Conchita’s, he informed many about the apparitions and with a recorder he used to play fragments of the Rosary prayed by the girls while in ecstasy so that strangers could hear.  It was a slow prayer pausing and meditating on each phrase.  Afterwards, he would tell about the Miracle of the Conchita’s visible Communion that he witnessed personally.

Fr. José Ramón García de la Riva, parish priest of Barro, Asturias, and Mr. Benjamín Gómez, in front of Conchita’s house.

His testimony about Conchita’s visible Communion is very well known; he saw it and it impressed him greatly.  When he was in Burgos, making a declaration about this, he heard the Voice of the Virgin.

Benjamín says:

“What I am going to say I have said it personally, but it is the first time I have recorded it.”

I had to go to Burgos on one occasion to make a declaration about this.  When I had finished making the declaration I thought and said to myself:

 “I will not say any more.”

In that moment, a woman’s voice, think about this, the voice of a Woman, since the divine has nothing to do with the earth, with sweetness, praying the “Our Father.”

She prayed the Our Father like this:

─ “Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy Name.”

Then a man who was sitting down, he can be my witness if necessary, stood up with excitement, put his hands on his head and said:

 “Oh my God!  What is this?  What is this, my God?”

The Virgin continued talking, I don’t think she was praying, but I continued looking at the priest’s attitude and he spoke clearly and said that he was a priest.  She continued saying four or six more words.  I do not know what She said.

There is always something to suffer that it would have been more beautiful if he had been quiet until the Virgin had stopped talking, but he could not help it.  He underwent such emotion that he could not avoid it and I continued observing his attitude since I was very serene in that moment.  This is why I say that there is a Woman from on high who was in Garabandal and who was also there in that moment.

The girls of Garabandal used to say that She had a voice that is unlike the voice of any woman on earth because it is so sweet.  For this reason, on more than one occasion when the girls were having doubts, I told them:

 “You have seen the Virgin; I tell you that you have seen her.”

This was because Her voice was just as the girls said.  They are exactly right because it is a divine voice that cannot compared to anything human.  The human and the divine have absolutely nothing to do with one another. 

Benjamín’s death and arrival in Heaven coincided with the Virgin’s visit to his village.

The Pilgrim Virgin of Fátima was in his village, Pesués.

As it is known, in her journeys throughout the entire world, the Pilgrim Virgin of Fátima only arrives to a small village or parish in very few occasions in several years.  That day she was there, and Benjamín Gómez was at her feet during his burial; in his journey towards Heaven.

This love of the Virgin Mother for all of her children is very evident in the Apparitions of Garabandal.  The Virgin told Conchita during the Apparition on November 13, 1965:

 “Tell me, Conchita, tell me things about my children; I carry all of them under my mantle.

After kissing everything she said:

 “My Son will perform wonders through the kisses I have given here.  Give the objects to everyone.”

Blessed was the hour in which God sent our Blessed Mother to Garabandal.  With her all graces from Her Son come to us, in the present and in the future.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 11

This descent to the church was vertiginous. The Reverend Fr. Royo Marín, O.P., advised those present to run to the Church where the girls were going and said this sentence: “Run to the Church so that you’ll be at the girls’ heels.”

Some of us made the descent from San Sebastián de Garabandal to Cossío walking and others rode in the Jeep. In deference to Fr. Luís, he went down in the Jeep. I observed that he was very happy. My family members who were in the Jeep with Fr. Luís on this trip told me the same thing.

Once in Cossío, we went in different cars and formed an expedition. Although we asked for my sister’s car, Fr. Luís preferred to come with me, since he had gone with me.

My wife Carmen, my daughter Mari Carmen, who was eight years old, and I were in the car. José Salceda and Fr. Luís were in front of us.

During the majority of the trip we commented upon what we had seen that day. Fr. Luís told me that he had spoken with Fr. Royo Marín and that they were in agreement. My wife, José Salceda, and I all observed a profound and intense happiness in Fr. Luís as well as a sense of security. He spoke without hurrying and repeated these sentences many times: “I am so happy! I’m full of things to say. What a gift the Virgin has given me! I don’t have the least doubt that what is happening with the girls is true.”


Friday, December 14, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 10

The girls had one of their ecstasies in the morning. Fr. Luís was very near them and as on other occasions, took notes on what the girls did and said. During this ecstasy there were moments in which Fr. Luís seemed absorbed. Those nearest to him could observe that during some moments silent tears fell and it seemed that there was a feeling of being in the presence of something extraordinary.

In the afternoon the ecstasy of the girls aquired a rhythm of velocity going up to the pines and descending in ecstasy. During the time that they were in ecstasy in the pines, Fr. Luís was inspecting the girls closely.

It seemed that he didn’t want to miss a single detail of what was happening. Suddenly, they saw a special emotion that invaded him and he said twice in a loud voice the words: “Miracle, miracle.” Then he was silent and the girls initiated their descent, saying in ecstasy that they were going to the Church. They said it, as always, in their dialogue with the Virgin.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 9

On August 8, 1961, we met Fr. Royo Marín in San Sebastián de Garabandal. Fr. Luís María Andreu, S.J. came with us also; he had been to San Sebastián three times since July 19th.
Fr. Valentín Marichalar was the parish priest from San Sebastián who gave Fr. Luís the key to the Church and asked him to be the parish priest since he had to go to Torrelavega. I observed that Fr. Luís was very happy when he told me: “Faito, today I’m the pastor of Garabandal,” and he joked with me in this way.

The Mass was celebrated in the church in San Sebastián; the number of people who witnessed it was extraordinary, as were their emotions.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 8


The Archangel St. Michael was the first apparition. On another occasion the girls saw the Virgin surrounded by other smaller angels. There were five. Then the Virgin told them that the angels had accompanied them because she was the Queen of the Angels.

They Hear Voices: They don’t see people but they hear them. On these occasions they also see light like the sun that is or seems to be, fixed and it absorbs reality. It seems that they had heard a voice that they didn’t know how to identify.

The voice that they hear most frequently is that of Fr. Luís Andreu. They don’t see him, but they hear him.