Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 23

When their vision ended, the girls said that the Virgin smiled when they asked her to speak into the microphone.

We know that some conversations were about Protestants and Jews.

After this message was transmitted by the girls to Fr. Luís’s mother—as given after his death—she became a religious. She took the habit in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa) on 18-IV-62 (April 18, 1962).


Friday, February 22, 2013

Question Regarding Three More Popes Prophecy

The End Of Times

Conchita with her mother Aniceta and the family donkey 1965Question from reader Thomas:

It is my understanding that Conchita or one of the girls was told by Our Lady in one of the apparitions that after Pope John XXIII, there would be 3 Popes left, yet there have been 4 - Paul VI, John Paul I, John Paul II and now Benedict XVI. I'm confused, can you help me out?


Many believers in the apparitions of Garabandal have been worried about the effect the death of Pope John Paul II [and now the retirement of Pope Benedict XVI] has in relation to the predictions of Our Blessed Mother. To make the matter as clear as possible, we offer these quotes from Conchita's own diary. The announcement about the last Pope and "the end of the times"

It was during the early part of June 1963, the bells of Garabandal started to ring. The following conversation then occurred between Conchita and her mother, Aniceta:

Conchita: "The bells are tolling for the dead! It must be for the pope (John XXIII, 1958-1963). Now only three remain."

Aniceta: "What nonsense are you talking about?"

Conchita: "It is not nonsense. The Virgin told me: After this pope there will only be three more."

Aniceta: "Then what? Will it be the end of the world?"

Conchita: "The Virgin did not say the end of the world but the end of time."

This excerpt is from Ramon Perez's book "The Village Speaks."

We are now in the "end of times" which is a very difficult thing to explain (see below). There will be more popes elected. We are not looking at the end of the world but the end of an epoch.

God bless, 

Tony, National Director

Talking to Mother Maria NievesTalking to Mother Maria Nieves Garcia
(Principal of school in Burgos)

Conchita: "One day I said to the Virgin, at the time of the future events (warning, miracle and chastisement), 'Will that be the end of the world?' "

And she answered me "No, the end of time."

What is the meaning of "the end of the times" el fin de los tiempos"?

In English, the translation is: "the end of our epoch", or "the end of these times". It is also satisfactory to say: "The end of the present period."

Conchita told Fr Marcelino Andreu: "When you see the warning you know we have opened up the end of time."

From Matt C. Abbott: "'Heralds of the Second Coming'"

Below is an excerpt from a new book that mentions Garabandal that seems to be an excellent read on Our Lady's many apparitions. I put it on my WISH list!
Deacon John 

Matt C. Abbott column
'Heralds of the Second Coming'

Matt C. Abbott
Matt C. Abbott
February 22, 2013

Below is the foreword to the soon-to-be-released book Heralds of the Second Coming: Our Lady, the Divine Mercy and the Popes of the Marian Era from Blessed Pius IX to Benedict XVI, authored by Stephen Walford and published by Angelico Press. The foreword was written by Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect emeritus of the (Vatican) Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Thanks to Mr. Walford and Angelico Press for allowing me to reprint this excerpt in my column. Click here for Angelico Press' website. The book should be available at and in the coming days.

The Catholic Church, at the dawn of the third millennium after Christ, finds itself in the midst of a fierce battle between the forces of good and evil, between God and Satan, resulting from the fall of our first parents Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. This ferocious combat has wound its way through history and will continue until the end of time. The intensity of this conflict has increased most notably in the past two centuries, as the forces of evil have misled a large segment of humanity to bow before the pseudo-gods of rationalism, secularism, and relativism: their aim is to create a world where God is irrelevant, and is replaced with the idols of hedonism and materialism, while banishing the natural law and conscience to history.

The popes of the past century have recognized this assault and spoken of it in prophetic terms encouraging the Church to read the signs of the times in the light of its eschatological journey towards the new heaven and new earth.

A decisive moment in the spiritual combat was when the Blessed Virgin entered into the battle fray in the nineteenth century with her apparitions at Rue du Bac in Paris, and thereafter at La Salette and Lourdes in France, and in many other places all around the world, some of which still await the approval of the Holy See.

These supernatural events could, in a sense, open the pages of the Book of Revelation with more clarity, as in chapter twelve, narrating the confrontation between the "Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars" (12:1), and a "great red dragon" (12:1-17). It is the same Woman mentioned in Genesis when God cursed the serpent saying: "I shall put enmities between you and the Woman, between your seed and her seed: she shall crush your head" (3:15). Mary is, indeed, the Woman of Genesis and the Woman of the Apocalypse. The Marian era that is reaching its climax now is shrouded in the mystery of Divine providence.

It is preparing the Church for the final showdown between God and Satan, involving the persecution of Christians by the Antichrist and the inevitable martyrdom that will follow, as the last part of the third secret of Fatima would seem to foretell. The Holy Spirit has guided the recent popes to understand the importance of these challenging times and to fulfill certain wishes from heaven in preparation for the final clash: for instance, the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the Divine Mercy devotion and dedicating the second Sunday of Easter to it, and the recitation of the Holy Rosary. In their ordinary magisterium, they have drawn our attention to the crisis unfolding; we may recall the warnings of modernism and apostasy of St. Pius X, the mystical intuition of Pius XII and the "smoke of Satan" seen by Paul VI.

On the other hand, the past century, in particular, has abounded in signs pointing towards "a new heaven and a new earth." Pope John XXIII prayed for a New Pentecost and convoked the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council which, besides strengthening the inner cohesion and sanctity of the faithful, opened avenues of dialogue with other Christian communities, with non-Christians, and even with non-believers. His successors toiled unceasingly to promote "a civilization of love." Blessed John Paul II gave a sharper focus to the eschatological dimension of the Church as he proclaimed a "new advent." Pope Benedict XVI stated recently: "Indeed, it was a concern of John Paul II to make clear that we are looking ahead to the coming of Christ: that consequently the One who has come is also, even more so, the One who is to come and that, from this perspective, we should live out our faith toward the future" (Light of the World, 63).

For the great Polish Pontiff, a joyful watchfulness for the second advent of Jesus was to be an ever-present theme of his – even calling the youth of the Church "sentinels who keep watch, preparing for the glorious return of the risen Lord." Pope Benedict XVI has also spoken prophetically in similar fashion in recent years declaring: "One day, not far off, everything will find its fulfillment in the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of justice and peace" (First Vespers of Advent, 2009). He has also prayed for the hastening of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the Shrine of Fatima, and in union with his great predecessor urged vigilance from all the faithful in the face of the gathering dark clouds. For our present Holy Father, truly a theologian pope, the Catholic Church must awaken from its interior sinfulness and be purified, as it awaits what the Lord will allow for its passion and resurrection – for only in this way will the Lord find faith on earth when He returns (cf. Lk. 18:8).

What the popes of the Marian era have given us is a prophetic stream running alongside that of private revelations from visionaries and mystics. They confirm, through the authority of their office, the knowledge that we live in days leading towards the greatest triumph of God and the installation of His eternal Kingdom. They speak of hope and joy for the complete renewal of the Universe, and in doing so invite us to live like the saints immersed in the love of God and neighbor. There are many signs taking place on earth and in the heavens that point towards the dawning of a new day. In spite of the pain and suffering endured by so many throughout the world we can live our faith, safe in the knowledge that the final victory of good over evil is already assured and that God is preparing the fulfillment of the great prophecy found in the Book of Revelation: "And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things have passed away" (Rev. 21:4).

The Blessed Virgin Mary has an important role to play in Christ Our Lord's Second Advent. St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Monfort begins his renowned Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary with these words: "It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that He must reign in the world." It is indeed amazing to see how Mary has been involved in the well-being of the children she received at the foot of Jesus' cross on Calvary.

Who can forget her many apparitions from Akita in Japan to Kibeho in Rwanda; from Walsingham and Aylesford in Great Britain to Lavang in Vietnam; from Knock in Ireland to Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina; from Paris, La Salette, and Lourdes in France to Vellankanni in India; from Saragozza and Garabandal in Spain to Guadalupe in Mexico; from Fatima in Portugal to Naju in Korea; from Cuapa in Nicaragua to Altötting in Germany; from San Nicholas in Argentina and Czestochowa in Poland to Aparecida in Brazil; from Amsterdam in the Netherlands to Zeitoun in Egypt; from Beauraing and Banneux in Belgium to Betania in Venezuela; and – in Italy – from Pompei, Siracusa, and Civitavecchia to Saint Mary Major, Sant'Andrea delle Fratte, and Tre Fontane in Rome.

The Blessed Virgin is weaving an enormous network, building up a large army of her devoted children in order to launch a frontal and final assault against Satan, and thus paving the way for the glorious victory of Jesus Christ, her beloved Son. Truly: "Who is she who comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in battle array?" (Song 6:10).

The exact day and hour of Christ Our Lord's second coming is a closely guarded secret in the bosom of God our heavenly Father. It remains for us to heed Jesus' exhortation: "Be prepared, because it will come upon you like a thief in the night."

Stephen Walford's book, Heralds of the Second Coming: Our Lady, the Divine Mercy and the Popes of the Marian Era from Blessed Pius IX to Benedict XVI, will be a beacon of light to many, exhorting all to watch and pray that those who will go through the "great tribulation" may persevere with courage in the "Faith of our Fathers living still through dungeon, fire, and sword" until Christ's final victory over Satan, thanks to Mary, His Immaculate Mother and ours as well.

Cardinal Ivan Dias
Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for
the Evangelization of Peoples;
Member, Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith

Feast of Blessed Pius IX,
February 7, 2012

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic columnist with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication, Media and Theatre from Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and an Associate in Applied Science degree in Business Management from Triton College in River Grove, Ill. He has worked in the right-to-life movement and is a published writer focused on Catholic and social issues. He can be reached at

Monday, February 18, 2013

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 22


There is a scene that happened in the first days of the month of August, that refers to the recorder.  A man carried a recorder with batteries and recorded what the girls said in a trance in the Pines. I have the reference to this incident from Mr. José Salceda, from Aguilar de Campoo, who was a witness to what I tell here.

When they finished the vision they marched with the recorder so that the girls could hear it. Finishing what corresponded to the rapture, they took words from the girls in normal conversation and they told them to ask the Virgin to speak into the microphone so that the voice would be recorded.

While they were having this conversation, the girls entered into the vision suddenly. In this state they asked the Virgin to speak into the microphone so that her voice would be recorded.

When they finished the vision and went back to their homes in the company of their parents, the girls stayed there; it was enough. The recorder worked to show how the trance had been. Upon arriving at the girls’ sentences, in which they asked the Virgin to speak, “an unmistakable voice was heard.” These are textual words from Mr. José Salceda: “It was the sweetest voice that came from the apparatus saying: ‘No, I won’t speak.’”

The emotion was enormous and many people were crying and saying that this should be taken to the Pope. They played it again and in the middle of the emotion, when they arrived at the cited sentences, we did not hear anything.

They went down to Conchita’s house disconcerted. She had not participated in the mentioned vision but she’d heard what her companions had said. When they arrived at the cited sentences we heard the voice that said: “No, I will not speak.” Upon hearing it Conchita smiled and said she was very happy and that it was the Virgin’s voice. They listened to it again, but I don’t know if they heard it again.

Felix de Corta, S.J.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 21

The Calls

The phenomena of the calls or touches that begin the ecstasies, are given to the girls in the following way: generally we can say that they are always three calls:

― They can have them at the same time when they’re together.

― They can have them around the same time, but not exactly, when they’re together.

― They can have them at the same time when they’re separated.

― They can all have them, or only one girl, or two, or three, or all four.

In the calls they don’t hear words. They insist that they are within and do not have words. In the trance they hear syllabic words, including those whose meaning they do not know.

They don’t see anything in the calls; during the trance they see light, people, etc.

These are the three principle differences.

The meaning of the calls:

The word “call” has surged from the girls who say this:

“The Virgin hasn’t called me today.”

“Today she called me.”

“I have had one call, two, etc. They said goodbye: ‘Until tomorrow.’”

The third call represents a difference between the first two calls that begin it and end in ecstasy. It grows. The girls can warn that the third gives a certain margin of time, as they said on one occasion: “Father, you have time for one more lines.” I was writing, and that’s how much I wrote.

Other times they say: “Father, we’ve had two and a half.” This “half” is the beginning of the third.

The girls didn’t tell anyone that they had calls except their parents, priests, etc. when they asked.

From the third call they pass into the trance.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Vatican spokesman: Pope Benedict will not participate in the conclave to elect his successor

As everyone by now has heard the news that our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is resigning as Pope on February 28, 2013, I'm wondering about the prophecy of Garabandal regarding how many Popes before the Great Miracle! Any thoughts will be appreciated. Could the Warning and Miracle be at our doorstep? Come, Lord Jesus! 


Pope will move to a cloistered monastery for prayer and reflection.
February 11, 2013 10:01 EST
By Catherine Harmon
In the wake of this morning’s stunning news that Pope Benedict XVI will step down at the end of this month, the director of the Vatican Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, offered a few details during a press briefing about the Pontiff’s move and what will follow:

Pope Benedict XVI has given his resignation freely, in accordance with Canon 332 §2 of the Code of Canon Law.

Pope Benedict XVI will not take part in the Conclave for the election of his successor. Pope Benedict XVI will move to the Papal residence in Castel Gandolfo when his resignation shall become effective.

When renovation work on the monastery of cloistered nuns inside the Vatican is complete, the Holy Father will move there for a period of prayer and reflection.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Adoration at Garabandal:

Every Thursday, the priest of the parish of Garabandal, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is celebrated, where are placed all the intentions of prayers to our Lady of Mount Carmel of Garabandal.
Photo: Todas as quintas-feiras, o Padre da paróquia de Garabandal, celebra Adoração ao Santíssimo, onde são colocadas todas as intenções de orações a Nossa Senhora do Carmo de Garabandal.

From Apostolado Católico De Garabandal (Língua Portuguesa)


Monday, February 4, 2013

Fr. Ramon Andreu's Notes: Part Three, Post 20

Knowledge of Consciences

I saw that one of the girls was in a trance and she went on her knees directly towards one person. This person was leaving, but the girl, still on her knees, met him in the corner. “The girl smiled there and after a few moments, she left.” The impression that this scene left in the person who had followed the girl was so great that he knew what should be normal. The explanation that same person gave me was to tell me that they were anxious at the thought that he had not made good confessions and prayed to the Virgin and God like this: “If my past confessions were made well, let this girl come to me.” At the same time he finished this mental prayer, the girl, who was at the other end of the crowd, went towards this person on her knees and ignored the other people.


Friday, February 1, 2013

From Mark Mallett: What follows after the so-called “illumination” or “Warning”?

The Coming Counterfeit

The Mask
, by Michael D. O’Brien



THE warning in my heart continues to grow about a coming deception, which may in fact be the one described in 2 Thess 2:11-13. What follows after the so-called “illumination” or “warning” is not only a brief but powerful period of evangelization, but a darkcounter-evangelization that will, in many ways, be just as convincing. Part of the preparation for that deception is knowing beforehand that it is coming:

Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets… I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them. (Amos 3:7; John 16:1-4)

Satan not only knows what is coming, but has been planning for it for a long time. It is exposed in the language being used… <a href="

New Book with Chapter Regarding the Warning and Great Miracle:

What’s Up with the End-Time Prophecies, New Book Explores Truths 1/31/13


From the best-selling author, Dr. Kelly Bowring, comes an easily readable new book that relates solid modern heavenly messages with the latter-times biblical prophecies to conclude that we can know with certainty that their fulfillment is upon us in this generation.


In his new book, “The Great Battle Has Begun”, author Kelly Bowring highlights the often-misunderstood Book of Revelation to shed light on God’s divine plan for peace in the world today.

As the author of the highly-acclaimed bestseller, “The Secrets, Chastisement, & Triumph” (Two Hearts Press, 2009), Bowring discusses in his new book about the fulfillment of the final biblical prophecies and demonstrates, based on solid modern heavenly sources, that we are living in the time of their fulfillment. Bowring proves that we can know with certainty secrets about the soon-to-be-fulfilled prophecies of the latter times that will unfold in the next few months and years. He shows how the world is about to experience the biggest shift in its history, the likes of which man has never seen or experienced.

In his book, Bowring gives a message of hope. He shows us that Heaven has been giving various signs and messages to call us to prepare for these impending events.

This book shows how God is guiding us to courageously face and spiritually overcome the tribulation and suffering that will continue to spread upon the earth in this end-times generation. According to Bowring’s book, in the midst of the coming crisis, God will soon intervene to bring a great victory to His people and usher in a great new Era of Peace, a new beginning for all humanity.

Dr. Bowring has given much theological research and many solid sources for accuracy to make his book creditable, enlightening, and inspiring; a work that is easy for Christians from all walks of life to understand and follow. Using scripture to back his words and modern prophesy backed by credible sources, he details the coming events of the last great battle as described in the Book of Revelation and the full battle plan to the assured great victory that lies ahead on the other side for those of this generation who want to take the time to “read the signs” which he organizes quite succinctly in his new book.



New Book by Best-Selling Author on the Signs of the Times

Christian Newswire


In his new book, The Great Battle Has Begun: How to Approach the End of Our Times with Peace”, Dr. Kelly Bowring, theologian and best selling author of “The Secrets, Chastisement, and Triumph” with imprimatur from Cardinal Vidal and which was honored as “Book of the Year”, proves once again that the “signs of the times” clearly show us that we are living in the latter times and fulfillment of the final biblical prophecies.

In his new book, Bowring gives insights to the Book of Revelation, which for many holds great mystery and fear. Instead, he offers hope by highlighting this often-misunderstood book to shed light on God’s divine plan for peace in the world in our times.  Then he relates scripture to modern prophesy backed by credible sources detailing the coming events of the last great battle, and proves we are indeed in the time of its fulfillment.

In a refreshing way, Bowring discusses the coming events not with gloom and doom, but in a way that inspires hope and peace through God’s love and scriptural and heavenly instruction to overcome the tribulation and suffering that is coming upon us in these times.

Bowring shows us that if we walk in the light of God’s truths, He gives us the assurance of victory. “The Great Battle Has Begun” will give you encouragement, hope and great purpose. After reading this book, you will feel empowered to know where you need to increase your spiritual strength and ability in order to grow in your walk with God and continually abide in Him to help spread the Gospel and share this timely message of hope with others.

This is one of those “must have” books. You will find yourself reading it over and over until you get God’s instruction for the latter times into your heart.  Follow those instructions, using “The Great Battle Has Begun” as a guidebook, to help you remain in peace and in your place within God’s will.  Then, you will understand, as Dr. Bowring points out, that you will be divinely protected by what is to come.  Reading his book is an experience that will bless you for the rest of your life, one that you will desire to share with others.

For more information about this book and Dr. Bowring’s previous book on this subject that received the honor of “Book of The Year”, please visit