Monday, December 28, 2015



Carmen González,
known to many as Carmina, passed away on Sunday, February 8, 2015. She
was 95 years old. She served, for many years, as the sacristan for the
Parish of San Sebastian de Garabandal. I believe she is in Heaven. She
was the owner of a LARGE CRUCIFIX which was “KISSED” by the Blessed
Mother at the time of the apparitions. She often made this Crucifix
available for pilgrims to kiss. Her health and her eyesight began to
fail, so when she was no longer well enough to remain in her home, she
gave this Crucifix to the church. In 2015, this Crucifix was made
available after the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for pilgrims to kiss, as
Carmina would have wanted it to be.

May she rest in peace.
God Bless You…Pray for Me.

          Maria C. Saraco

Find out about the apparitions of Our Lady of Carmel in Garabandal
Spain. The complete Garabandal story as well as information on
pilgrimages and lots of photographs.

Source: Information on the Apparitions of Garabandal — St. Michael’s Garabandal Center



Place of Saint Michael's Apparition

In the evening of June 18, 1961, the
four girls were playing on the outskirts of the town -
Suddenly they heard a loud noise,
like thunder, and saw before them the bright figure of the Archangel
Michael. On the following days the Archangel appeared to them again
in the same place. He announced that on July 2 they would see Our
Lady. This was the beginning of the Garabandal events.
Our Lady's Last Message
of June 18, 1965

Since my Message of October 18, 1961
has not been complied with and has not been made much known to
the world, I will tell you that this is the last one. Before the
chalice was filling now it is overflowing. MANY CARDINALS, MANY
AND LESS IMPORTANCE. We should avoid the Wrath of God on us by
our good efforts. If you ask pardon with your sincere soul God
will pardon you. It
is I, Your Mother, who through the intercession of St. Michael,
wish to say that you amend, that you are already in the last warnings
and that I love you much and do not want your condemnation.

Ask us sincerely and we will give to you. You should sacrifice
more. Think of the Passion of Jesus.
Conchita Gonzales

Find out about the apparitions of Our Lady of Carmel in Garabandal Spain. The complete Garabandal story as well as information on pilgrimages and lots of photographs.
Source: Information on the Apparitions of Garabandal -- St. Michael's Garabandal Center

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Garabandal, Padre Pio and the Servant of God Luigina Sinapi, Mystic (1916-1978)

Here is a long and rewarding article by Aviso on the meeting of Servant of God Luigina Sinapi and Conchita of Garabandal. 


A Trip to Lourdes

Conchita received a telegram from Lourdes on October 15, 1968.
She was urged to be there on October 17. Providentially, Father Alfred
Combe of France just arrived in Garabandal with Bernard L’Huillier.
Conchita asked him if he would drive her and her mother,Aniceta, to
Lourdes. Father Combe agreed and here is his account of what transpired
once they got there.

Continue reading here:

Garabandal, Padre Pio and the Servant of God | Garabandal News

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Garabandal’s Priest denies any Restrictions by Aviso

From Bastiano :
Being currently in Garabandal, I wanted to meet Father Rolando after the broadcast of an alleged article from the Bishop of Santander about Garabandal apparitions with its procession prohibited.
Questioning Father  Rolando about it in the sacristy of the church of Garabandal, below in summary, his answers to my questions  :
  1. 1. What has been circulated in the Cantabrian newspaper does not come from the Bishop, those are the allegations of the journalist only
  2. No prohibition in Garabandal, pilgrimages can still take place, and accompanying priests can celebrate the Mass in the Church as before and after informing Father Rolando like always
  3.The apparitions are still under the following statement: No Constat de Supernaturalite.
My Comment : Good news from Bastiano who is currently in Garabandal and also a member of the Piligrims Garabandal Center, these news détails from the Garabandal Priest himself totaly refutes the shameful allegations from this Journalist in question of the Cantabrian Newspaper, so let's Pray also for him, thank you.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

From Glenn Hudson via Facebook: Update News on Garabandal Restrictions

I have received this email regarding the article posted last week.
Dear Brothers in the Faith:
Given the many questions that have recently come to the Center through various means regarding the veracity of the articles recently published in the newspaper, "El Diario Montañés," that have direct or indirect reference to the events of Garabandal, we see the need to clarify the following:
1. No official document of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Santander has imposed new restrictions.
2. The letter dated June 24, 2015 written by Bishop Manuel Sánchez Monge referred to in the newspaper article contains the same information from a letter written by Bishop José Vilaplana Blasco dated November 7, 2001.
3. We have no evidence the journalist wrote those words on behalf of the diocese or the pastor are true.
4. There is no new official letter from Bishop Manuel Sánchez Monge making any changes at all with what was previously written.
5. Within published articles, many faults or assertions of truth can occur and these can lead to confusion.
We believe, at this time, it is better not to dwell on these issues and not enter into discussions that lead nowhere. We try to be good Christians, follow the Gospel and fulfill the messages given to us by the Blessed Virgin.
Prayers in Union,
Jose Sanchez
Pilgrim Center San Sebastian de Garabandal

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A message from Tom Fahy: Constructing a Grotto for Our Lady in Garabandal.

I just received this communication from Tom Fahy, who is in Garabandal, doing some construction. Notice he says nothing about the so-called restrictions imposed by the local Bishop.


Dear Readers,
FINALLY!!  I have email capability after several weeks.
I am writing from Garabandal, where I have been since late September.
Kathy and Ann Ellison are here, and Chris Flugel is with us, too. 
Jerry and Gail Lawson have been handling operations back at the Center for the Divine Will in Tennessee.
Here in Garabandal we are in the process of constructing the Grotto for Our Lady that we have been wanting to construct since the opening of the House of Sanctification
here in Garabandal on June 1, 2000.  We are also preparing a passage way to the property behind the House of Sanctification so that vehicles can to it.  That property
is several feet abruptly higher than the front property.
Considerable earth removal has been necessary for both the Grotto and the passage way, requiring heavy equipment.
The Grotto will be approximately 40 square meters directly in front of the House of Sanctification on the right (as one faces the House). The Grotto will have stone walls,
one of which is almost completed.
We have never been able to undertake these projects, and had no plans to do so this year, but suddenly circumstances surprised us when a contractor friend of ours here
in Garabandal arranged for some heavy equipment and workers to begin these projects at a reasonable cost.
But we have had unexpected, lengthy delays, mostly due to problems with the heavy equipment.
I am attaching a couple of pictures related to these projects.  In one of the pictures, you will see the white van we very gratefully obtained last year with your donated support.
We have also done a lot of land clearing. The front of the property had gotten overgrown with unwanted vegetation and the rear property had been neglected for many years,
where at least 100 small diameter trees had grown on the west side of that area. Chris Flugel has done a great job in clearing these trees opening it up to the sunlight, for possible
gardening in the future.  All those trees are lying there waiting to be cut into firewood.
In spite of limited news availability over the past several weeks, we have been able to be informed about the October Synod in Rome, and to a limited measure we have
been informed about world events. Now, with the recently obtained Internet service at the House of Sanctification, we are getting more news.
It seems that the only good news, though, is that the General Reign of the Divine Will is getting closer for the Glory of God, as this sorry world (not the beautiful planet) goes through its pitiful demise.
There are many signs that major events predicted at Fatima and Garabandal are very imminent. These painful events, and the happy ones also, are necessary to prepare the way for the
General Reign of the Divine Will on Earth as in Heaven.
One good aspect of being without Internet service, is having more time to study Luisa´s writings. I hope to share with you some beautiful "pearls" of the Divine Will in the near future.
Also, I will be sending you very soon all the information you will need for getting copies of the New, OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY OF LUISA, published in ENGLISH by the Vatican Press.  
Our Center for the Divine Will will be involved in distributing this Official Biography. I have read parts of the Italian version and was amazed to learn things about Luisa that I had not
known about her during the past 42 years of studying her life and writings.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Garabandal & Akita

Garabandal - Spain
    "Cardinals, Bishops And Priests Going The Wrong Way And Less
And Less Importance Is Being Given To The Eucharist."

    How is it that opponents of Garabandal can so easily dismiss the truth of the apparitions when they have been able to see for themselves the accurate foretelling of coming trends contained in the second Message delivered by St Michael on Our Lady's behalf, to Conchita on June 18, 1965?

    "Many Cardinals, Many Bishops And Many Priests Are On The Road To Perdition And Taking Many Souls With Them." Two points are worth making with regard to this statement. The first is that Conchita neither could nor would have made a statement like this on her own because of the profound respect she had for members of the hierarchy. The second point is the timing of the Message which came a few months before the last session of Vatican II.

    Was it a warning to those Fathers who had gone into the Council with their own agenda for sweeping change? "Less And Less Importance Is Being Given To The Eucharist."

Conchita 1962
Miracle of The Host

Here again is a statement that could not possibly be attributed to Conchita Gonzalez. How could she have known of this trend on her own when no one in the Church really recognised it as a problem?

    After the Council we saw an unprecedented dismantling of Eucharistic devotion whose effects are still with us today. But even before the Council, there was movement in this direction. In the 1952 edition of the traditional Mass missal, one finds an octave for the rest of Corpus Christi. By 1961, the octave had been suppressed. The positioning of the statement that "Less And Less Importance Is Being Given To The Eucharist'' in the Message should not be overlooked. It comes right after the sentence regarding Cardinals, Bishops and Priests. The hierarchy is custodian of the Holy Eucharist.

    If the Church must undergo a trial by fire, one of the principal reasons might well be because of what has been allowed to happen to the Holy Eucharist. The very next sentence in the Message after reference to the downgrading of the Eucharist reads: "You Should Turn The Wrath Of God Away From Yourselves By Your Efforts."
Akita - Japan

Sr Agnes Sasagawa

On October 13, 1973, Our Lady of Akita
Gave The Third Message To Sister Agnes Sasagawa.

    "My Daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior."

    After a short silence: "As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither Priests nor "faithful."

"The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be The Rosary and The Sign Left by My Son. Each day recite the Prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, Pray for the Pope, the Bishops and Priests."

    "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops. The Priests who Venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres (other Priests); churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many Priests and Consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord."

    "The demon will be especially implacable against Souls Consecrated to God. The Thought Of The Loss Of So Many Souls Is The Cause Of My Sadness. If sins increase in number and gravity, there will be no longer pardon for them. With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation. It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community." Our Lady smiled and then said;

    "You have still something to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your Superior."
    "Pray Very Much The Prayers Of The Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."

Approved by Bishop Ito

    Bishop John Ito, on April 22, 1984, after eight years of investigating the Akita apparitions and after consulting with the Holy See (including Cardinal Ratzinger), approved the messages of Our Lady of Akita. He authorised, throughout his Entire Diocese, the Veneration of our Holy Mother of Akita. A dossier was turned over to Cardinal Ratzinger at the Vatican who, after studying it for himself, reaffirmed that the events were credible and reliable and worthy of belief by all Catholics. Howard Dee, former Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican, said in a 1998 interview with Inside the Vatican magazine: "Bishop Ito (the local Bishop, now deceased) was certain Akita was an extension of Fatima, and Cardinal Ratzinger personally confirmed to me that these two messages, of Fatima and Akita, are essentially the same." Part of the Akita message reads: "The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops."

Taken from Garabandal International Magazine

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Restrictions

Friends, keep praying for the fulfillment of the Garabandal Messages,
I just received this info: recently certain restrictions have begun in the village of Garabandal, restrictions imposed by the new Bishop of Santander Msgr Monge, appointed by Pope Francis in May 2015, as below :
Prohibition of any Mass at the Pines or at the St Michael Chapel
Prohibition to talk about the Appartions of our Lady of Mount Carmel in the village of Garabandal
Prohibition to any Priests to come in Garabandal as a representative of the Church except privately
Prohibition in the village of Garabandal of any religious manifestation in connection with the Apparitions.
The New Bishop Msgr Monge refused also to bless the new center of the Apparitions, opened recently as he imposed a strict control on its website.
Also check out this French website for more info:…/2015/11/06/32891897.html

The New Bishop with Pope Francis
        The New Bishop of Santander with Pope Francis

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

From Tribulation Times: Some Expectations to come . . .


Tribulation Times

November 4, 2015  
(Isa 46:9-11) Remember the former age, for I am God, and there is no God beside, neither is there the like to me: Who shew from the beginning the things that shall be at last, and from ancient times the things that as yet are not done, saying: My counsel shall stand, and all my will shall be done: Who call a bird from the east, and from a far country the man of my own will, and I have spoken, and will bring it to pass: I have created, and I will do it.
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OPINION: The Warning coming soon?

Expectations for the Coming Months of 2015-2016 by Thomas Fahy, September 10, 2015

What about the Last Four Months of 2015?

The only thing that I am aware of from the more highly credible sources, namely in this case, from the apparitions to the young, uneducated children of Garabandal, particularly Conchita, is what she was told by the Virgin Mary: that there would come an Important Synod, after which would come the Warning to the whole human race on earth. It seems to me that the upcoming synod on the family, October 4 to October 25, 2015 is that “Important Synod” after which will come the Warning. However, we also know from the Garabandal apparitions that the Communist Tribulation, led by Russia is to come before the Warning. In addition, Our Lady told Conchita that the Pope would go to Russia, to Moscow and that upon his return to Rome (or on the way) the Communist Tribulation would begin “suddenly and unexpectedly.”

The purpose of the Pope going to Russia, to Moscow would be to meet with the Orthodox Patriarch. Patriarch Kirill is the 
English: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Ru...
English: Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and all Russia, 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
present Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia. His subordinate is Archbishop and Metropolitan Hilarion. Last June (2015) Putin went to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis. Also in June, Archbishop Hilarion went twice to meet with Pope Francis. These meetings between Hilarion and Pope Francis involved the preparations between Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francis, supposedly in a neutral location. No date has been set as far as I know. Even if they do meet in a neutral place, the Pope may still visit Moscow. The prediction about the Pope visit to Moscow also includes the immediate, ‘Sudden and Unexpected” beginning of the Tribulation of Communism.

It seems to me that if it is to be that 2016 is the year of the Warning and Miracle, then the upcoming October synod is the Important Synod predicted at Garabandal. If so, then it would be reasonable to expect the Communist Tribulation to begin at some point in 2015 after the Synod closes on October 25. If not, it would seem that 2016 is not the year of the Warning and Miracle, unless God has accepted the prayers and voluntary sufferings of some soul, or souls, and has released us from this much deserved punishment.

As far as the rest of September and October, 2015 and beyond, we hear many, many reports of Economic and Financial upheaval to come in these months and of dire social consequences. Most of these warnings are coming from secular sources. Some sources are from the spiritual realm. The ones that I am familiar with, from the spiritual realm, do not fit in the category of the higher degrees of certainty. These sources of lesser degrees of certainty may have points that prove to be true and should not be summarily discounted.

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The Virgin in 1961 in Garabandal: “After a major Synod will come soon Warning ‘
Moeder Nieves Garcia onthulde eind oktober 2015 welke bijzonderheden de H. Maagd in 1961 in Garabandal had gezegd omtrent de Waarschuwing. Maria vertelde Conchita dat na een belangrijke Synode spoedig de Waarschuwing zou komen. Toen Conchita dit aan haar tante vertelde vroeg ze of ze het had over het Vaticaans Concilie (dat toen bezig was). Ze zei: “Nee, de Maagd sprak niet van een Concilie,  maar van een Synode en ik denk dat de Synode een klein concilie is.” Het is onmogelijk voor een 12-jarig meisje om zomaar zonder kennis over een Synode te spreken, dat toen niet bestond (er was geen Synode bezig noch gepland). Moeder Garcia voegde eraan toe dat ze deze informatie verkreeg van vader Rafinel die het hoorde van vader Pesquera die de sommige van de eerste boeken over Garabandal schreef.
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The Virgin in 1961 in Garabandal: “After a major Synod will soon come Warning ‘on CRUSADER BY 01.11.2015 • (0) Mother Nieves Garcia unveiled late October 2015 which details the Virgin had in 1961 said about Garabandal the warning. Mary told Conchita that should come soon after a major Warning Synod. When this Conchita told her aunt she asked whether she was talking about the Vatican Council (which was then busy). She said, “No, the Virgin did not speak of a council, but a synod and I think that the Synod is a small council.” It is impossible for a 12-year-old girl to speak simply without knowledge of a Synod that did not exist (there was no busy nor Synod planned). Mother Garcia added that she obtained this information from Rafinel father who heard father Pesquera who wrote some of the first books on Garabandal.

Friday, October 30, 2015

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 213) The Last Page, so ends our story for now . . .

Second Message
June 18, 1965

The message that the Most Holy Virgin has given to the world through the intercession of the Angel St. Michael.The Angel said:
As my message of October 18 has not been fulfilled, and has not been made known to the world, I tell you that this is the last.
Before, the cup was filling up; now it is overflowing.
The PRIESTS: Many are on the road to perdition, and with them they are taking many more souls.
The EUCHARIST: It is being given less and less importance.
With your own efforts, you should avoid the wrath of the Good God.
If you ask pardon with a sincere heart, He will forgive you.

I, your Mother, through the intercession of the Archangel St.
Michael, want to tell you to amend your lives.
You are in the last warnings!

I love you very much
and do not want your condemnation.
Ask us sincerely, and we will give what you ask.
You should sacrifice yourself more.

•Think of the passion of Jesus.
Conchita González June 18, 1965

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 212)

The Virgin has told us:
That the world continues the same, that it has not
changed at all;
That few will see God; so few they are, that it is causing the Virgin great sorrow.
How unfortunate that the world does not change!
The Virgin has told us that the Chastisement is coming.

As the world is not changing, the cup is filling up.
How sorrowful is the Virgin, although she does not
allow us to see it.
Since the Virgin loves us so much, she suffers alone,
since she is so good.
Everyone be good, so that the Virgin will be happy!
She has told us that those who are good should pray for those who are evil.
Yes, we should pray to God for the world, for those who do not know Him.
Be good, be very good.
María Dolores Mazón, 13 years
Jacinta González, 13 years

Monday, October 26, 2015

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 211)

First Message October 18, 1961
It is necessary to make many sacrifices, do much penance;

It is necessary to visit
the Blessed Sacrament very much.

But first we must be very good.

And if we do not do this, a punishment will come upon us.

Already the cup is filling up;
and if we do not change, a very great punishment will come upon us.

Friday, October 23, 2015

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 210)


Finally coming to the end of this long endeavor, I feel a mixture of joy and liberation. Joy, in thinking that I have done a good work. Liberation, in not having the pressure to finish this work quickly.
After great effort and innumerable hours of work, revising papers and putting in order the mountains of information, it seems that I have succeeded in reconstructing the events and the climate of Garabandal during the apparitions, so that I can offer its first history to persons of good will.

* * *

The history of Garabandal, as it concerns the
seers and those around them, has not been, nor is it now, completely angelic like Lourdes and Fatima.
Because of this, I find Garabandal to be more in measure with the History of Salvation, more in line with the Church itself, where the most beautiful and exalted interventions of God have been continually intermixed with lamentable and repeated human miseries, with the results that we know.
The full picture of Garabandal is disconcerting: on the one hand it offers abundant proofs so that many might find its truth, and on the other hand, it leaves motives for others to remain in their doubt and disbelief.

I believe in the supernatural authenticity of Garabandal, taken as a whole. But not everything offers the same guarantee of truth.
A descending scale of credibility can be noticed:
1) The facts—the phenomena that were definite facts and could be proven and were proven from observation by irreproachable witnesses.
2) The joint statements—the statements or declarations in which the visionaries agreed.
3) The individual statements—the statements or predictions due to one visionary alone.
In the last case, it is necessary to proceed with great caution and discretion; since, unfortunately, not all—or even a single one—of the seers have shown themselves to be completely trustworthy.

* * *

It was seen that on Saturday, November 13th,
1965, the course of the phenomena closed at Garabandal. From that date, nothing has occurred.
But here a question comes up: Since November 13th, has Garabandal completely ended?
Or does it remain only temporarily interrupted?
My personal impression is that a simple intermission is taking place, since the evidence shows that Garabandal had not concluded. An interlude has come, as in a dramatic play, that for some purpose leaves things abruptly interrupted, suspended . . .
Garabandal is an event of enormous proportion, which is unfolding in three stages:
* The first stage, with a personal and local imprint: the time of marvels and astounding communications; the time already experienced, which ended on November 13th.
* A second stage, of intermission, with matters suspended: a period of pruning and purification. this is what we are experiencing now, with its disillusions, expectations, falling away.
* A third stage, which we await, that will bring to light many things and fulfill the great prophecies of universal reach: the Warning, the Miracle, the Chastisement.

* * *

It seems beyond doubt that what really happened
at Garabandal, what we should see across the vast maze of detail, is a very careful intervention by God to aid us in these difficult hours for the Church and the world.
With such a purpose, God has placed in front of us:
* A new Marian Epiphany.

* A call for greater devotion to the Eucharist.

*A prediction of approaching eschatological times.

Why the first? because it could well be that Mary is our last recourse for salvation . . . In Garabandal, she has manifested herself to us—she has given herself—above all, as Our Mother.
Why the second? Because the reality of the actual presence of the Lord among us is the last thing that we can allow to be neglected in the Church. And this is precisely what has started to happen, and what is continuing to happen.
Why the third? Because the last times can be already at the door. We should not be oblivious or forgetful of what we repeat in the Credo: And He will come again in glory, since without the inflaming emotions of hope, religion will not keep burning in the hearts of men.

* * *

Yes, we cannot put the final conclusion out of
our minds.

“The biblical writings revolve around a theological drama that unfolds throughout history and reflects the plan of salvation from a God Who constantly seeks out mankind to transform it. From the first chapter of Genesis to the last chapter of the Apocalypse can be seen the silent struggle by forces fighting for the hearts of men. Man, wrongly exercising his free will and trying to assert his autonomy, chooses to live separated from God. Besides this, the power of evil seems to dominate humanity, seeking to draw it from its natural orbit: the God of Creation, Who directs the world and the march of history.”
(M. García Cordero, Biblical Dilemmas)
Eschatology is the word used to refer to the final act in the great drama of our salvation.
And it might be asked if Garabandal does not have an eschatological purpose.
There are many things in it that put before us the last times and alert us to them:
* The presence and prominent activity of the Archangel St. Michael, who appears in the Apocalypse as the Angel of the last combat.(1)
* The firm declaration in the message of June 18th, 1965: You are in the last warnings.
* The trilogy of the Warning—the Miracle—the Chastisement, whose characteristics do not permit them to be inserted as ordinary pages in the works of God.

* The repeated, extremely compromising affirmation that there remain only three Popes, and then the end of the times.

Possibly, Garabandal has come to repeat to us, Christians of these last times, what the Christians of the early times said for greeting and encouragement: Maran Atha! The Lord returns!
We await.

And as the hour draws near for the realization of Garabandal, let us repeat without ceasing what is said on the feast of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace:

On our knees, let us adore
Christ the Savior
Who wants all good things
to come to us through Mary.

1. One last detail in this history that appears to be unending . . . Recently residing in the United States, Loli had been living the meaning of the locution of 1965 «In the future, if I do not appear to you again, it is that your hour has come to suffer.» In October of 1977 she had a few happy vacation days during a brief stay in Spain in her home country of Santander. María Herrero de Gallardo spent some time with her and wrote me on the 30th of that October:

«The other day, while taking food to Loli that she liked very
much and hadn’t tasted for years, she told me very interesting things: about the pope . . . about Adam (that we didn’t descend from a monkey, or by evolution, or from any other animal, but from a perfect man, Adam). She told us about a dream that she had recently: the devil, horrible, trying to conquer the world . . . As Loli cried out, calling to St. Michael, he appeared dressed as a warrior, not as the girl had seen him in Garabandal. He waved a great sword and began battle against Satan . . . In connection with this, she told us how the devil, during the apparitions, had twice burned part of the scapulars that they were wearing . . .»
What believer in God could doubt the reality of the devil and his world of darkness? And he is now laboring as never before; not just for partial victory, but to dominate completely this world in which God has so loved us, his human creatures.
It is the great hour for the leader of the celestial army. (Apoc. 12:7-8) Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle . . .

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

She Went in Haste to the Mountain (Page 209)

“Conchita felt the devil present around her.”

At this time we might make some comments about the chancery officials at Santander who so often called for the submission owed to the hierarchy in order to strangle Garabandal, but who went to such efforts so that the cause would not come directly to the hierarchy, to which they should be as submissive as we.
From this can be more easily understood what Fr. Laffineur wrote:
«Certain adversaries of Garabandal, fearing the worst for themselves, made it impossible for Conchita to be received at Rome. Others, in a less high position, profited by the new situation to calumniate Conchita: The balloon has burst. Conchita wears short skirts and listens to the radio; the vocation is gone. Garabandal is finished.

During this time, Conchita felt the devil present around her. She was subject to interior sufferings which only the most contemplative souls know. She wrote about her secret sufferings to priests whom she trusted, and prayed to obtain permission from her mother to leave for Pamplona immediately.
Apparently the young girl, although accustomed to submitting everything to the Virgin, had not immediately understood the importance of her trip to Italy. Or else she could have thought, logically, that if this trip would take place one day, it could begin just as well from Pamplona as from Garabandal.
But Aniceta was watching. And Aniceta has a will of steel. She was convinced of the necessity and imminence of the visit to Rome and no person in the world could make her yield . . .»
(L’Etoile dans la Montagne)

So Conchita was not to be separated from her side until she had completed her mission at Rome.
But this mission would not be accomplished until the winter of the following year, 1966. And then the final period would be placed on the long and wondrous story that had begun on June 18th, 1961 at Garabandal.

* * *

On October 30th—the last Saturday of the
month of the rosary—in that painful autumn of 1965, Conchita had another encounter from above. She had gone to church to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament,(11) and soon she felt a communication from the Virgin inside her, which not only consoled her in what she was suffering by not being able to go to the convent, but also notified her of a future meeting.
At the time Conchita wrote several letters; one of these was to a Mexican priest, Father Gustavo Morelos, dated November 8th:
«Dear Father Morelos:
You see, without receiving your reply, I’m writing you again. And it is to say that I received a locution from the Virgin and she told me: On Saturday, November 13th, go to the Pines, and there you will see me. And bring many religious articles to me, and I will kiss them all, so that you can distribute them. My son will perform prodigies by means of them.

Pray very much for me, so that I may soon enter the convent and be good. In union of prayer.»
The prediction was fulfilled.
The description of what occurred would be better left to Conchita herself: (12)
«It was a special apparition to kiss religious objects, later to distribute them, since they have a great importance.

I had a great desire for Saturday, November 13th, to come so I could see again the ones who had sown in me the happiness of God: The Virgin and the Infant Jesus.
It was raining; but it didn’t matter to me that I was going up to the Pines in the rain.»


Describing this, here is what Dr. Ortiz wrote Fr.
Ramón in a letter on December 13th:
«On our last trip to Garabandal, Sunday, December 5th, I was able to learn that Conchita actually had an ecstasy at the Pines on November 13th. As an interesting fact, I have to say that, although Olguita (her neighbor) was in her company, she later left her out of curiosity to go see an accident that had happened to a truck in La Jaraiz. This accident was the main attraction for the village. On that Saturday, when it was raining the most, Conchita left the people in her kitchen and went up alone to the Pines.»


Continuing with the report of the visionary:

«I brought many rosaries that had recently been given to me to distribute. As the Virgin had told me, I brought them for her to kiss.
Going up alone to the Pines—very sorry for my faults—I was saying to myself that in the future I would not fall into them, since I was ashamed to present myself like this before the Mother of God, whom my faults make suffer so much. And I believe that mine are the greatest, since I have seen her.
When I came to the Pines, I started taking out the rosaries that I was carrying. And while I was taking them out, I heard a very sweet voice — clearly the Virgin’s! — easily distinguished from all others, calling me by my name. And I answered: What?
And then I saw her with the Infant Jesus in her arms. She came dressed as usual and was smiling broadly.
And I said to her, I have come to bring the rosaries so that you can kiss them.
And she said to me, I see that.

I had a Chiclet in my mouth, although I did
not chew it after I saw her, but stuck it against my cheek.
And she told me, Conchita, why don’t you give up your Chiclet and offer it as a sacrifice for the glory of my Son? (15)
Ashamed, I took it out of my mouth and threw it on the ground.

Then she said to me, Do you remember what I told you on your feastday, that you would suffer much on the earth. Well, I am telling it to you again. But have confidence in us and offer everything to our hearts for the good of your brothers; that way you will feel us near to you.

And I said to her, Oh, Our Mother, how unworthy I am of so many graces that you’ve given me! And still you come to me today, to lighten the little cross that I have now.
—Conchita, I do not come only for you. I come for all my children, with the desire of bringing them to our hearts.
Give me all the things that you have brought so that I may kiss them.

And I gave them to her. I was also carrying a crucifix with me, and she kissed it and said to me, Put it in the hands of the Child Jesus. And so I did. He didn’t say anything to me.
I spoke to the Virgin, I will carry this cross with me to the convent, but she didn’t say anything to me either.
After kissing everything, she said to me, By the kiss that I have put on these articles, my Son will use them to perform prodigies. Distribute them. And I thought about doing this.
After that, she asked me to tell her the petitions that other people had given to me; and I did this.
She continued: Tell me, Conchita. Tell me about my children! I hold them all under my mantle.

And I said to her: It’s very small, it won’t hold
all of them. And she smiled.
—Conchita, do you know why I did not come personally on June 18th to give the message for the world? Because it hurt me to say those things. But they had to be said, for your own good; and if you accomplish the message, it will be for the glory of God. I love you very much, and desire your salvation, to reunite you here in heaven around the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. You, Conchita, will you respond to us?
—If I were always seeing you, then it would be yes. But if not, I don’t know, since I’m very bad.
—Do all that you can on your part; and we will help you, and also my daughters, Loli, Jacinta and Mari Cruz.

It seemed that she was with me a very short time. She told me also:
This is the last time you will see me here. But I will always be with you, and with all my children.
She also said to me:
Conchita, you should visit my Son in the tabernacle more. Why do you let yourself be carried away by slothfulness so as not to visit Him? He is there, waiting for you day and night.
As I have said before, it was raining very much, and the Virgin and the Child Jesus didn’t get wet. When I was seeing them, I didn’t know that it was raining; but afterwards, when I didn’t see them, I was soaking wet.
I also said to the Virgin: Oh, how happy I am when I see you. Why don’t you take me with you now?
—Remember what I told you on your feastday: When presenting yourself before God, you have to show your hands full of works done by you for your brothers and for the glory of God. Now, your hands are empty.
Nothing more. The joyous time had passed in which I was with my best friend and Mother in heaven, and with the Child Jesus. I have stopped seeing Them, but I haven’t stopped feeling Them.

Again They have left in my soul a peace, a joy
and a desire to conquer my faults and to love Them with all my strength!
Formerly, the Virgin told me that Jesus wasn’t sending the Chastisement to torment us, but to help us, and reprimand us for not paying attention. He is sending us the Warning to purify us before the Miracle, in which He will clearly show the love that He holds for us. Because of this He wants us to accomplish the message.»

* * *

That was the episode of Saturday, November
13th, 1965 at Garabandal. The final chapter in an unparalleled story, which is still too recent to be evaluated with sufficient perspective.
We are coming to the ending, and endings are tinged with sadness.
As she said to Conchita, «This is the last time you will see me here», the Virgin’s voice had an ineffable sweetness.
What had begun four years previously with a blast of thunder on a sunlit day in June was coming to an end now, without fanfare, on a dismal overcast day in November.
«It was raining . . . I went up alone . . . And the Virgin said to me . . .»
There would be no more meetings at the scene where so many had taken place.
Yes, it was all over. Farewell in the rain. Why do wonderful things pass so swiftly?
When Conchita returned to herself and lifted her knees off the damp ground, when she became aware that she was alone beneath the Pines in the rain, she herself could not say if the drops of water running down her cheeks were raindrops that the clouds were weeping for an unhappy world, or tears that she was crying because she would never again see the one she had seen so often.
Certainly the girl was in no hurry to go down from the Pines after the vision was over. Her state of mind would not allow it. She had to remain there a while, alone with her feelings.
Sadly and poignantly, she arranged and put back all the rosaries distinguished by Our Lady’s kiss. Then she took a few slow, sad steps toward the crest of the ledge on which the nine solitary pine trees have their roots, and near the cliff edge she paused. There, partially hidden in the mist and rain was the unforgettable panorama: the mountainpeaks, the steep slopes, the winding valleys, the woods and meadows with their lonely cabins; and nearer, at her feet, the village: her village of San Sebastián de Garabandal. Her village, which during those unforgettable years, seemed to have been the Virgin’s village! Here Her merciful and smiling footsteps had passed; Here she had visited her poor and humble houses, her winding streets, her innumerable streetcorners, her church that knew her so intimately, her cemetery, that gathered all for the last rest.
How the Virgin had immersed herself in that village. As a Mother, for whom nothing about her children lacked interest. «She was interested in everything»—Conchita remembered with tears in her eyes—«even in our cows.»
Well could it be said that this was the most beautiful story of mankind since the time of Christ: the second life of the Blessed Virgin on earth; and words alone cannot adequately thank her for it.

After the farewell in the rain, all this has passed
into history.
But of all this, now history, there forever remains something ineffably new and eternal here, that those will find who come with faith, and from which they can draw strength to uphold the highest hopes and the greatest love.

This is the last time
you will see me here.

But I will be always with you,
And with all my children.

Of all the words said at Garabandal, these are the
last and the best.

11. «I found Conchita very happy. In our conversation she mentioned that during the final days of October, when she was making her usual visit in the church to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, she had a locution in which the Virgin told her that she should go up to the Pines on November 13th and should bring her religious articles that she had . . .» (Letter of Dr. Ortiz to Fr. Ramón Andreu,
dated December 13th, 1965.)
12. We are accurately giving the text that seems the best, and which differs only in very small matters from others that were also written by Conchita.
13. Apparently at that time in Garabandal a truck accident attracted more attention, by its unusualness, than the girl’s ecstasy.
14. We know of one man from France on a pilgrimage in Lourdes who got the idea, or inspiration, to send Conchita 100 rosaries of five decades and four of 15. The package arrived in time for November 13th.
15. The Virgin obviously did not condemn the use of the Chiclet as a fault. She simply invited Conchita— so devoted to her— to fulfill in this way the making of small sacrifices.